Good Reading : August 2005
14 goodreading Sports books well deserve their spot on the list for Fathers’ Day gifts, as like the bewil- dering array of sports out there, there’s a multitude to choose from. So in order to avoid the usual suspects, where to start? ‘For me, a great sports book is one preferably one not written by a sportsman,’ says John Larkin, author of the bestselling kids’ soccer series ‘The Western Wildcats’, comedian and former professional soccer player.There are of course exceptions to the rule such as Peter FitzSimons who’s a terrific writer,’ he adds. ‘For me, you can’t beat Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby, which is a fiction- alised account of Hornby’s love affair with the Arsenal Football Club. It’s my favourite all time sporting book? Can you ever have too many sports books? Not according to Santo Caruso. As the proprietor of Melbourne Sports author of Football Grounds of Melbourne , Mr Caruso has spent over 18 years specialis- ing in selling sporting books from cricket to croquet, footy to fenc- ing. He currently has over 2000 individual titles, from archery to wrestling, on his shelves and feels that their enduring appeal is a godsend to people wanting to give dads a gift. ‘Sports books are very popular gifts for men and we sell a great deal for Fathers’ Day and Christmas,’ he says. Mr Caruso also points out the seasonal nature of the business. ‘During winter we sell a lot of football books – AFL, rugby union, league and soccer titles – and then in spring, all of a sudden our customers want books on golf, tennis, cricket and NBL,’ says Mr Caruso. categorical playing at home Whether dad is an avid sportsman or prefers to read all about the game from the safety of the couch, there’s a book out there to suit as ALISON APRHYS discovered.