Scottie – A Rare Treasure Among Running Books

Scottie by Norman Harris © 2008 Last Side Publishing 170 pages Along with Garth Gilmour, Norman Harris has a special place in New Zealand sports journalism as a prolific author of running books including, but not limited, to The Legend of Lovelock, Lap of Honour, The...

Discovering the Fictional Jack Lovelock

James McNeish © 1986 Random House 495 pages. Of all New Zealand’s 1500m heroes, none has been more explored than Jack Lovelock, the 1936 Olympic Champion.  Given the backdrop of his greatest athletic achievement in Berlin – 3 years prior to the outbreak of...

Revisiting The Olympian

Brian Glanville © 1969 Faber & Faber 318 pages I FIRST READ The Olympian when I was a teen with a love of athletics and fiction. 40 years later, reading the novel again this week was as exciting as the day I first discovered an old pan paperback copy in a second...

Kelly vs. Alf

This summer I treated myself to a volume of The Best of The Tough of The Track comic strips that once appeared in the British magazine for boys called Victor. For those unfamiliar with Victor it was a weekly comic paper published weekly from the 1960’s through to...

Life’s a Beach

I’m going to give myself a pat on the back. Growing up in Paekākāriki, it was a beach life. A big focus over the summer months was surf lifesaving. It stood to reason. As a beachside community, people swam and surfed there. While I was never actively involved the surf...