It’s June and the World Cup madness is about to begin …


It’s June and the World Cup madness is about to begin. For Bloomsbury Reader it already started a few days ago with the office sweepstake! Now, even those of us who are not usually interested in football hope they drew the winning team because … the top prize is a cake!

There is no better way to get into the football-loving mood than reading Jonathan Wilson’s heart-warming memoir Kick and Run.

kick and run 1 small Growing up Jewish in London with a difficult home life, Jonathan Wilson had plenty of reasons to feel he didn’t belong, and one reason to feel certain he did: football. Wilson discovered his love for the game as a young boy; through his adolescence and adulthood and well into his later years it remained an important part of his life.

Football became Wilson’s international passport, helping him find friends and community and solace all over the globe, from England to Israel to the US. Whether working on a kibbutz or teaching literature to young Americans, traveling through Russia or raising children, the sport remained a constant in his life.

Kick and Run is a gripping, funny, sometimes heartbreaking account of a life well lived and a game played, if not always masterfully, then certainly with the utmost passion.

Another perfect read for the pre-World Cup and pre-Wimbledon seasons is Stephen Potter’s charming, old-school sports etiquette guide – The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship.

“What is gamesmanship? Most difficult of questions to answer briefly. ‘The Art of Winning Games Without Actually Cheating’ – that is my personal ‘working definition’. What is its object? There have been five hundred gamesmanship smallbooks written on the subject of games. Five hundred books on play and the tactics of play. Not one on the art of winning.”
Stephen Potter has used his extensive experience as a master gamesman to compile this instructional text on the techniques, strategies and etiquette of gamesmanship. Here you will learn how to win games you have no idea how to play, and manoeuvre your opponents into losing when they really should be winning. This funny, charming book is brought to life with helpful diagrams, anecdotes and hilarious conversations. A must read for any sporting chap or chapette. It was first published in 1947.

But if you are not a fan of football or tennis and would like to escape the sports mania which is about to envelop us, fear not, we have something special for you on an altogether different scale.

Bloomsbury Reader combined forces with Peter Fudakowski – the director and producer of Secret Sharer – a beautiful, contemporary adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s short story, The Secret Sharer, to publish the movie tie-in edition. As well as Conrad’s original 1910 text it includes Peter Fudakowski’s screenplay, exclusive images from the film, as well as two invaluable essays by literary critic, Gene M. Moore, which explore the fiction of Joseph Conrad, and its inexhaustible appeal for screen and theater adaptations.

Read it before Secret Sharer comes to the cinemas at the end of the month!

the secret sharer smallAtlantic. All its phases were familiar enough to me, every characteristic, all the alternatives which were likely to face me on the high seas—everything! except the novel responsibility of command. But I took heart from the reasonable thought that the ship was like other ships, the men like other men, and that the sea was not likely to keep any special surprises expressly for my discomfiture.

Inspired by Joseph Conrad’s short story ‘The Secret Sharer’, first published in 1910, Peter Fudakowski’s 2014 Secret Sharer film is a contemporary fable told with epic beauty, humour and a twist in its tale. Secret Sharer is a romantic and sensuous moral story about a young man’s journey into maturity through challenging human relationships on the high seas.



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