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The Awa Book of New Zealand Sports Writing

By Harry Ricketts & Harry Ricketts
The Awa Book of New Zealand Sports Writing

$40.00 ~ Print

New Zealand is a nation of sports-lovers and this is reflected in this collection of 80 superb pieces of sports writing by many of our most acclaimed journalists, novelists, biographers, essayists and poets. From surfing to cycling, angling to archery, running to rugby … from the joy of the victors to the tears of the vanquished … the roar of the crowd to the solitary moment … this is a book of endless pleasure.

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Reviews, interviews, author events

“…many of Ricketts’ selections show that the art frequently lies in letting the events speak for themselves …”- John McCrystal

“Harry Ricketts’ anthology deserves a place on the bookshelves of the erudite sports fan.” – Grahame Morton, Metro Magazine

“A wonderful compilation of sporting stories by some of NZ’s finest writers” Anton Oliver

Listen to a great review by Phil Smith on Radio New Zealand National’s Nine to Noon: click here to download media file from their website.

“What amazed me about The Awa Book [of New Zealand Sports Writing] was the range of the selection. Ricketts is like a twitcher intent on sighting every possible species of bird… This is a book that begs to be dipped into: perfect for holiday reading, and a great present when you can’t think what to get that chap.” – Don Aimer, New Zealand Books

“The recently produced Awa Book of New Zealand Sports Writing contains some of the best rugby writing seen in this country.” – The Press

ISBN: 978-0-9582916-2-0
Imprint: Imprint
Pages: Pages
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Illustrations: Illustrations
Published: June 2010
Category: Essays/Journalism, Sport

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