The All Black: A Novel by Nicholas Sheppard
wanted to tell you I’ve just finished reading a wonderful novel by Nicholas Sheppard, on Amazon, called The All Black, which really gets into the psyche of All Black rugby, and the aura of playing for the black jersey, across several generations. I thought since the All Blacks are riding so high right now, in the wake of the epic cup victory, some of you guys, or people checking out your sight might be keen to get into it and enjoy it as much as I have.
Thanks for the suggestion Michael. It sounds like a great read!
Here’s a description from Amazon:
The ambition to play for the All Black rugby team drives three generations of the McKenzie family, from the amateur days of the 1950s, through the tumult of the 1981 Springbok tour, to the age of professionalism. The All Black is a novel that explores the allure and mystique of the famous black jersey, and delves deep into masculine culture; but it is also a novel to be enjoyed by mothers whose sons regularly take to the field. The novel is about family bonds, the implications for players, in earlier generations, of Maori heritage; and the consequences of unbridled ambition.
For those who are interested you can grab it for the kindle here – The All Black
Or for the Amazon UK link, click here The All Black (UK).
I have not been able to find anyone selling hard copies so far.
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