Rugby: Talking A Good Game
By Ian Robertson
Ian Robertson joined the BBC during the golden age of radio broadcasting and was given a crash course in the art of sports commentary from some of the greatest names ever to sit behind a microphone: Cliff Morgan and Peter Bromley, Bryon Butler and John Arlott. Almost half a century after being introduced to the rugby airwaves by his inspiring mentor Bill McLaren, the former Scotland fly-half looks back on the most eventful of careers, during which he covered nine British and Irish Lions tours and eight World Cups, including the 2003 tournament that saw England life the Webb Ellis Trophy and "Robbo" pick up awards for his spine-tingling description of Jonny Wilkinson's decisive drop goal.He reflects on his playing days, his role in guiding Cambridge University to a long spell of Varsity Match supremacy and his relationships with some of the union code's most celebrated figures, including Sir Clive Woodward and Jonah Lomu. He also writes vividly and hilariously of his experiences as a horse racing enthusiast, his meetings with some of the world's legendary golfers and his dealings with a stellar cast of sporting outsiders, from Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor to Nelson Mandela. It is a hugely entertaining story that begins in a bygone rugby age, yet has much to say about the game in the here and now.
Ray Mears Goes Walkabout
By Ray Mears
In Ray mears Goes Walkabout Ray journeys through the wilderness of the Australian Outback to learn about the people, wildlife and culture of this extraordinary land. He is joined by an Australian survival experts who enrich his journey and deepen his understanding of the bushcraft of this incredible continent. These are journeys that encompass many of the themes of Ray's world - discovery, the natural world, indigenous culture, adventure and survival. Above all, they represent something very close to Ray's heart - the most important thing we can learn when travelling is to be open to new ideas, new ways of doing things, new experiences. For Ray, this is the only way to promote understanding and learning. His voyage into the wilds of Australia encompasses so many different natural habitats, with a rich indigenous culture and many tales of exploration and survival, as well all his trademark survival knowledge and wilderness tips.
Rugby's Great Heroes and Entertainers
By Bill Mclaren
Bill McLaren's career as a rugby commentator spanned fifty years and earned him enormous respect. He is therefore well placed to choose his all-time favourites from the world of rugby in this entertaining collection. His marvellous powers of description and huge depth of knowledge ensure that this is a comprehensive insight into rugby's most memorable moments and characters, including Jonny Wilkinson, Colin Meads, David Campese and Jean-Paul Rives.