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Title The Incomplete Indoor Bowler
Author Nick Fenwick
Publisher Craig Printing Co Ltd, Invercargill, New Zealand
First published 1984
ISBN 0-908629-15-X
Edition reviewed 1st
Hardback/softback Softback
List price Not known
Cover size (cm)
(height x width)
20.9 x 14.9
Number of pages 70
Number of pages with Coloured photos Black & white photos Line drawings
  None 1 39
Synopsis The indoor bowls to which this book relates is the version played in New Zealand. Not dissimilar to English carpet bowls, but played on a shorter carpet without the block, you can learn more about this game here*.

The humorous text of The Incomplete Indoor Bowler is well complemented with numerous cartoons by Sid Scales - for 30 years cartoonist to The Otago Daily Times. Here's what the blurb on the book's back cover says:

Sport today has become too serious. TV shows it on the grim faces in the top echelons of tennis, golf, cricket and rugby. (In soccer at least, they do kiss each other.) Fortunately indoor bowls has not yet reached cold and merciless Olympic heights. It is still a pleasant social pastime and in its lighthearted look at the game, this book hopes to put some fun back into sport.

The contents list reads as follows:

  • The Tournament
  • Good Sports
  • Pothunters
  • Leads and Seconds
  • Thirds and Skips
  • Husbands and Wives
  • Crook Mats
  • Aggressive Players
  • The Quick Puff
  • Ladies a Plate
  • The Outdoor Player
  • Letting Go
  • Following Through
  • Distractions
  • The Annual Meeting

*This document is in portable document file (PDF) format and requires installation of the free Adobe Reader program.