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Title The Bowls Book - Principles and Practice of the Game
Author 'Scorer' of The Sunday Mail, Brisbane, Australia
Publisher The Brisbane Daily Mail Ltd, Brisbane, Australia
First published 1929
ISBN Pre-ISBN system
Edition reviewed 1st
Hardback/softback Softback
List price 2s 6d
Cover size (cm)
(height x width)
22.1 x 14.5
Number of pages 48
Number of pages with Coloured photos Black & white photos Line drawings
  None One None
Synopsis The full title of this manual is The Bowls Book, Principles and Practice of the Game, Advice to Beginners, Suggestions to All Players and was compiled from a series of articles published in The Sunday Mail. With a Foreword by E J Shaw, President of the Queensland Bowling Association, its contents are true to its 'Principles and Practice' sub-title. It would have benefited greatly with the addition of explanatory illustrations, but perhaps the budget wouldn't stretch to this. Its chapter headings are:
  • Mechanics of the Game
  • Grip, Stance and Delivery
  • Deliveries and Jack-casting
  • Play of the Leader
  • No. 2 Position
  • Play of the Third Man
  • Concerning the Skip
  • More About the Skip
  • Drawing, Driving, Trailing
  • Suggestions for Singles Play
  • Friendship of the Game
  • Etiquette of the Green
  • By Way of Summary
  • Laws of the Game*
*As amended by the Australian Bowling Council, and in force since January 4, 1928 (i.e. one year before publication of this book).

A number of advertisements appear throughout the book and of particular interest is one for Dunlop Rubber Bowls which were priced at 5 15s per set of four. The advertisement includes the following sales copy:

    They are as fine grained and hard as ebony - impervious to moisture or heat - do not chip, crack, or shrink - or alter in weight. They are perfectly balanced - without loading.