Author(s): Ian F. Grant
For over a century rugby has been New ZealandÂs national game, an obsession that has helped define a small country and mould its people Â Maori and Pakeha Having a Ball looks at the triumphs and disasters, the amateur code that morphed into the professional era, the game at the local park and internationals in huge arenas, as well as rugbyÂs effect on the national psyche and the agendas of politicians. It is a story brilliantly told in a short introduction and through the perceptive, telling and funny insights of New ZealandÂs leading cartoonists. From earlier generations, there are cartoons by Trevor Lloyd, Sir Gordon Minhinnick, Sid Scales, Neville Colvin, Eric Heath and Nevile Lodge. TodayÂs award-winning cartoonists include Peter Bromhead, Bob Brockie, Chris Slane, Murray Ball, Murray Webb, Garrick Tremain and Tom Scott. Foreword by David Kirk, captain of the All Black team that won the inaugural World Rugby Cup in 1987. Having a Ball also includes a timeline of important dates in NZÂs rugby history and short profiles of the contributing cartoonists.
Writer and historian Ian F. grant has written several cartoon histories. A keen follower of rugby, historically and today, he was founder of the NZ Cartoon Archive at the Alexander Turnull Library.