Sporting Reads for Olympic Enthusiasts

July 10, 2020 3 min read 0 Comments

Sporting Reads for Olympic Enthusiasts

The 2020 Olympics may have been delayed... but that doesn't mean that you have to wait to let your sporting spirits soar. While we're all dismayed at this unfortunately unavoidable wait, there are plenty of ways you can enjoy the world of sports from the comfort of your own home, garden, or even your favourite reading chair. Here are just a few vintage and classic reading picks for you to take a look at if you're feeling the itch to get stuck into a few fun and physical activities. From golf to karate, you don't need the Olympic games to enjoy a little sporty fun!

 

Know the Game

Kicking things off with Know the Game, it's hard to choose a single guide that best represents how useful these simple yet effective books can be. Know the Game has released many manuals elaborating on the rules and guidelines of countless sports and sports-like activities, and they serve as an ideal starting point for anyone wanting to try their hand in something they are yet unfamiliar with. Ranging from golf and badminton to the likes of card games and chess, Know the Game guides are not always so easy to get hold of nowadays - making them that much more useful when they're within your grasp!

 

Play Better Golf

Golf is the perfect sport for anyone wanting to try something new that A) isn't overly strenuous, and B) allows you to play and learn solo with no pressure or expectations from fellow players. Better Play Golf is a fantastic six-book golfing series that not only introduces you to the game of the golf, but also provides detailed and specific steps on each and every area of the game. From putting to power driving, you're really missing a trick if you don't use these vintage books to help you improve your swing!

Buy Play Better Golf Now

 

Karate Katas of Wadoryu

Wadō-ryū is one of the four major karate styles. Wa means peace and harmony, Do means way or path, and Ryu means style or school of, thus perfectly summarizing the art of learning this more peaceful manner of combat with its name. Created for combatants to move along with their opponents rather than move against them, there is a fine art to Wadō-ryū - as this book clearly demonstrates. There are few vintage martial arts books or karate books as intriguing as Karate Katas of Wadoryu, and we strongly recommend this to anyone interested in learning a sport or physical activity that branches out from typical Western choices.

 

English Sports and Pastimes

If you're not necessarily looking for anything specific, however, and are simply wanting to enjoy a bit of sporty entertainment without straining yourself, vintage sports books such as English Sports and Pastime can be all the fun without any of the risk! Including boxing, among many other sports, this vintage book is a great way to read up on popular English sports and culture without having to step into the ring and take a few punches yourself - which can only be a good thing, surely!

 

The Art of Winning Games Without Actually Cheating

And finally, a book we could all do with from time to time... are you sick and tired of being beaten at games and sports by friends? Do you dread family game nights due to the inevitable gloating that will surely come with you, once again, being bested by your relatives? Then this book is for you. Applicable not only to sports, but to all manners of games, The Art of Winning Games Without Actually Cheating is incredibly handy when it comes to getting a leg up on the playing field. And honestly, as much as we would love to elaborate further, doesn't the title tell you all you need to know?

Buy The Art of Winning Games Without Actually Cheating Now



Also in Country House Book Blog

Dive Into The Dark: Our Brand Ambassador's Favourite October Reads
Dive Into The Dark: Our Brand Ambassador's Favourite October Reads

October 23, 2020 3 min read 0 Comments

October is a time for all things dark and macabre, with the spookiest reads and most unsettling pieces of literature taking priority above all else. To celebrate the month of terror, we've reached out to our wonderful brand ambassadors and asked for them to share their favourite chilling and haunting books with us. Be warned - what you find below is not for the faint of heart...
Read More
Wandering the Halls of Horror: Sub-Genres of Horror Literature
Wandering the Halls of Horror: Sub-Genres of Horror Literature

October 15, 2020 3 min read 0 Comments

Oh, horror, you loveable realm of madness you. A genre created to delve into our deepest fears, to haunt us in more ways than we could ever have imagined was possible. And, as though that wasn't enough, the decades and centuries have seen horror branch out in unfathomable directions, picking apart phobias, terrors, and petrifying possibilities to unnerve readers even more - and we can't get enough of it. Here are some of horror's most successful and effective sub-genres, the kinds of reads that only the bravest dare to approach...
Read More
Frankenstein: Exploring Horror's Most Tragic Tale
Frankenstein: Exploring Horror's Most Tragic Tale

October 06, 2020 3 min read 0 Comments

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is one of the most critically acclaimed and widely read works of classic horror fiction in all of literature. At over two centuries old, it remains as effective, haunting, and thought-provoking today as it has ever been, still in print and continuing to be adapted near countless times in a variety of formats. But, despite the effectively macabre and shockingly unnerving events and imagery conjured by Shelley, the tragic "monster" of the story remains possibly the most influential and memorable aspect of this tale. Let's delve into the darkness and take a look at why this is the case.
Read More