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“Based on extensive reading and enlivened by a keen eye for the illuminating example, A History of Sport in Wales will be an invaluable text for students as well as an enjoyable read for anybody interested in the social and cultural history of Wales.” –Professor Gareth Williams, University of Glamorgan

Gareth Williams

“This is an excellent book on an important subject. It is scholarly, accessible, full of interesting points about a wide variety of sporting activities, and very readable. Stylishly written, often with a sense of humour, it succeeds in bringing to life a host of academic debates about sport and popular culture in modern Britain and modern Wales. There is very effective occasional use of quotations from sources, and an eye for the telling detail that keeps the text moving along. I would imagine that this book will sell very well amongst students as well as being suited to a wider reading public. Its organization and structure are clear and well-managed, and the essay on further reading is invaluable. A very wide range of sports are handled, and significant attention is given to the interaction of sport with issues of gender, class, race and disability. Every effort is made to attain a sense of regional and local diversity, and change over time is extremely well handled.” –Professor Chris Williams, University of Wales Swansea

Chris Williams

“Under Milk Wood’s Revd Eli Jenkins should have said of the Welsh, ‘Praise the Lord we are a sporting nation.’ If he had read Martin Johnes’ new book he would have. Despite a number of fine individual studies, including Johnes’ own on soccer, Welsh sport in the round has been waiting for its wide-ranging historian. It has now found him. Based on extensive reading and enlivened by a keen eye for the illuminating example, Sport in Wales 1800-2000 will be an invaluable text for students - I certainly intend recommending it to mine - as well as an enjoyable read for anybody interested in the social and cultural history of Wales.” –Professor Gareth Williams, University of Glamorgan

Gareth Williams

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