This series of guides tell me everything I want to know about various esoteric (to me, a Texan) subjects.
Their wit shines forth in asides such as
"There is a place on the pitch for everyone, including the socially inept who, as it happens,
make absolutely marvellous referees."
As the title hints, these books teach you just enough to allow you to allow your audience to assume they
should applaud your subject knowledge.
"For now, all you need to know is that [rugby league] is another form of the game ... This book
focuses mainly on ... rugby union. It is possible to enjoy both; indeed, it is possible to play
both (although people tend not to). It is not possible to talk about both as if they were effectively
the same game. ... there are fundamental differences. Never be ashamed to admit to not knowing
what these are. Simply say if asked (about one or the other): ‘Not my code, old boy’."
What surprised me about this Rugby volume was the emphasis on participation. Rather than being in the stands
watching the game, it supposed that I was on the pitch playing one of the fifteen positions.
"You can also never be entirely certain which set of rules the referee is working to on any given
day, and which ones he or she is most keen to enforce. Carry on playing as best suits your own
particular style of play and wait to see if the referee tries to stop you. ... You should then smile,
apologise and try not to do the same thing again quite so obviously for the rest of the game."
I reluctantly conclude that this volume is not up to the normal standards of the Bluffer's series. Please
reread "Football" and revise "Rugby" accordingly.
[I received a free ebook copy to review from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program April 2014 batch.]