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Title How to Play Bowls
Author James Medlycott
Publisher The Hamlyn Publishing Group Limited, London
First published 1980
ISBN 0-600-31535-5
Edition reviewed 1st
Hardback/softback Hardback
List price £2.50
Cover size (cm)
(height x width)
24.6 x 16.8
Number of pages 61
Number of pages with Coloured photos Black & white photos Line drawings
  None 25 13
Synopsis Lawn bowls - in the British Isles called just 'bowls' - has existed in a recognisable form since the thirteenth century, but is still spreading to new parts of the world and increasing its popularity everywhere. The reasons are not difficult to find. Finesse is of the essence and 'brute force and ignorance' of no use at all. Consequently it is a game that can be enjoyed until very late in life, providing gentle exercise rather than strenuous exertion, and it is a game in which widely differing age groups can play on equal terms. Add the aesthetic pleasure of sending polished woods curving towards the jack on immaculate greens and it is easy to see why in some countries bowls is the most widely played game.

This book describes the principles of the game, the equipment, the shots, the technique, the strategy and the way to practise. There is a small section on crown green bowls. Many sequence photographs and specially drawn diagrams help to explain points made in the text.


In 1984 this book was republished as a softback, again by the Hamlyn Publishing Group, under the title Bowls as part of the 'Play the Game' series. In 1989 it was republished a second time, this time as a hardback by Treasure Press, London, again under the title Bowls, as part of the 'How to Play' series.

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