For someone who has come to the sport of rowing at a relatively late stage, Lambert offers a remarkably perceptive insight into what motivates competitive oarsmen, their fears, aspirations, joys and pain. He elucidates particularly well the different mind-set of the single sculler as against the crew oarsman, demonstrating clearly the existence of a 'sport within a sport'. There have been a number of books on rowing - it is rare and refreshing to find one written by one with journalistic skill.
Not being a rower and never having been in a racing scull, I did not expect6 this book to hold my attention like it did. I had trouble laying it down. The suspense in the race which Lambert outlines so beautifully held me spellbound. The lessons in life which were outlined were beautifully phrased. I really think this book could be a best seller if it is promoted properly.
Being an avid and slightly obsessive rower, I was looking forward to reading this book, after finishing "The amateurs" in record time.
To be honest I was disappointed, it feels like a series of rather desperate attempts to link the world of rowing with every day philosophy and life problems, a concept which sounds interesting, but turns out to be rather monotonous and repetitive. That said given the title I should have probably expected it!