By Keith Quinn
Popular sports broadcaster Keith Quinn has been a keen observer of rugby around the world for more than half a century. He has covered every Rugby World Cup and was in Britain again for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, won so brilliantly by the All Blacks.
Keith has an eye for the obscure, the unusual and the humorous. Quinn’s Whims perfectly captures his encyclopedic knowledge and sharp wit with a collection of observations and musings. A feature of the book is the large number of unusual rugby photographs.
About 65 per cent of Quinn’s Whims is coverage of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and Keith offers his observations on the tournament – witty, critical, statistical, praising. There are also fuller pieces about Richie McCaw, Steve Hansen and Daniel Carter.
Author: Keith Quinn
Publication: November, 2015
Softcover, 190 pages
Size 170mm x 240mm
140 illustrations, incl 90 in colour
Publisher: TrioBooks Ltd
Peter Montgomery: The Voice of Yachting
For the best part of 40 years, Peter Montgomery, broadcasting on the rise and rise of sailing, has been a constant radio and television presence in the lives of New Zealanders. His “America’s Cup is now New Zealand’s Cup”, is entrenched in the country’s lexicon. No-one has done more to establish sailing’s place as a mainstream sport, locally and internationally.
In Peter Montgomery, The Voice of Yachting, author Bill Francis explores the pivotal events and the commentator’s relationships with the high-flyers of the sailing world – Peter Blake, Chris Dickson, Russell Coutts, Dean Barker, Michael Fay, Grant Dalton and many others.
But there’s much more to the Montgomery story – this boy from Dunedin who went on to become a giant of New Zealand broadcasting. He covered nine Olympics Games, was on the sideline of big rugby matches for 40 years, sparred with Muhammad Ali and covered big athletics, rowing and other sports.
The book also covers the poignant Montgomery family life. This is truly a biography for more than just the sailing aficionado.
Peter Montgomery: The Voice of Yachting
Author: Bill Francis
Publication: August 20, 2015
Softcover, 222 pages
120 illustrations, incl 75 in colour
By Joseph Romanos
Unforgettable is the story of the most memorable moments in New Zealand sport – the good, the bad and the ugly.
Experienced sports writer Joseph Romanos has compiled 160 stories ranging from our first world title, won by walker Joe Scott in 1888, to today’s headline makers, such as Brendon McCullum’s triple century at the Basin Reserve in 2014 and Lou Vincent’s admission that he is a match fixer.
Among the stories in Unforgettable, read about:
- The first southern hemisphere athlete to win a winter Olympics medal.
- The unlikely hero who helped the All Blacks to World Cup glory.
- The cyclist who was third at the Olympics but did not win a medal.
- How Team New Zealand threw away an America’s Cup victory.
- The disabled athlete who won a Commonwealth Games gold medal.
- How the All Whites went through a Football World Cup unbeaten.
- The New Zealand runner who broke the world record and finished second.
- The 14-year-old who became the darling of New Zealand sport.
- The day the All Blacks lost two test matches.
- The grandmother who became a world bowls champion.
Unforgettable is attractively illustrated and contains page after page of engrossing reading.
Publication: August, 2014
Format: Soft Cover, 288 pages
Illustrations: 100, including 50 in Colour
ISBN: 9780 986461 576
by Martin Crowe
Raw is a unique book. It details, often with brutal candour, the personal battles of cricket star Martin Crowe since his retirement as a player – depression, launching Cricket Max, the joys of fatherhood, the pleasure and problems he had working for Sky TV, marriage to a former Miss Universe, and, most shockingly, discovery that he was suffering from cancer and how he has gone about beating it.
The cricket side of the book is equally fascinating – a candid examination at the state of the game in New Zealand, discussions about new technology and the spirit of cricket, a behind-the-scenes look at the troubled world of the IPL, and Crowe’s selection of the best 100 players ever and dream teams from the major test-playing nations. He finishes with a chapter for the cricket purist: how to score a test match century.
You may never have seen a book with as many dimensions as Raw. It’s bound to be discussed for years.
Publication: June 6, 2013
Paperback, 302 pages