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Title Bowls - Light and Merry
Author Evan Llewellyn
Publisher Evan Llewellyn, Worthing Bowls Club, England
First published 1949
ISBN Pre-ISBN system
Edition reviewed 1st
Hardback/softback Hardback
List price Not known
Cover size (cm)
(height x width)
18.8 x 12.0
Number of pages 80
Number of pages with Coloured photos Black & white photos Line drawings
  None None None
Synopsis The full title of this small book is Bowls - Light and Merry: a Miscellany and that's exactly what it is - a light-hearted humorous compilation of the author's observations of a wide range of bowls-related subjects.

The 80 pages are divided into two parts: the first looks at the game's main physical components such as the green, mat, jack, woods, players, etc, while the second part examines abstract topics with such wide ranging titles as 'Bowls' Philosophy', 'Something for "The Literary Cove"' and 'Family Affairs'.


Interestingly in his foreword, the author comments that 'There are only half a dozen serious books on bowls in existence, and none at all dealing with the rich humour of the game. This book then may become a pioneer, and . . .'. The author is wide of the mark in respect of his assertion that 'there are only half a dozen serious bowls books in existence' (see Books by Decade), but he may have a claim to being the first 'dealing with the rich humour of the game.' The closest contender of which I'm aware is John P Monro's The Humour of Bowls published in 1952 which itself claims to be the first 'to record the 'humorosities', humorous stories and humorous poetry relating to the sport.'