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Title Bowls for Beginners
Author Jack M Giles
Publisher S S Publishing Co and Whitcombe & Tombs Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand
First published 1946
ISBN Pre-ISBN system
Edition reviewed 1st
Hardback/softback Softback
List price 5 shillings (New Zealand)
Cover size (cm)
(height x width)
20.2 x 12.7
Number of pages 54 (including advertisements)
Number of pages with Coloured photos Black & white photos Line drawings
  None 11 12
Synopsis In his preface, the author writes about his book in the following terms:
    And so I have written Bowls for Beginners and it is now in your hands. In its pages you will find little about how to win championships; little of the talk of those who know-it-all. Instead you will find those things the beginner wants to know; information that will help him to get real pleasure out of a great game that should be played, first of all for that pleasure, and, only second, for the honours it can bring.
Although controversial in parts, for example the opening words of the first chapter read 'If I had my way no beginner would ever have his first lesson on the bowling green. . .', the chapter headings follow a familiar pattern:
  • The First Lesson
  • The Bowl
  • Holding the Bowl
  • The Delivery
  • Taking the Green
  • Finding the Weight
  • The Team - The Lead
  • The Team - The Second
  • The Team - The Third
  • The Team - The Skip
  • Bits and Pieces