I have that one too and anyone is welcome to borrow it if they like.
I also just finished this book too
Thought it was great fun and really good for those just getting into derby, gives you a great overview of everything.
I've finished this book a week ago:
It's beautifully presented, lots of very nice pictures, fully coloured pages and quite lush-looking, except some very rare pages that are printed black on a dark blue background... But it's lacking substance, in my opinion. It's a nice introduction to Derby, but it's only that. It's a bit shallow. It tries to touch on every subjects, but you don't get a lot from any.
Something slightly disconcerting is that it looks like it's organised in clear chapters, but in fact, it's not really. Various subjects are explained all through the book when they officially have a chapter for their own, like the fighting-in-Derby issue, which she's oddly obsessed with, comes back again and again. It gives an impression of confusion and redundant page-filling sometimes. Although it's talking about the history and it goes over the rules with odd precision compared to all the other issues, it feels like it's mostly about the culture of Derby, and yet not in depth enough.
Still though, it's enjoyable, it reads in a very short time and as I said, it's a beautiful object.
Now, there's the one that Delta mentioned above and I've only just finished it this morning:
This one, I have to say, is the one you should get if you only had money for a single Derby book. It's quite cheap too.
It's got everything in there, yet it's not a phone-book size and you can read it in a few evenings. It's quite a mystery to me how they could talk about so much, while being in depth with pretty much every one of the subjects in no much more reading time than the other books. It's so well written that I found it hard to put my bookmark in and go to sleep.
You do learn a lot with this book. The history part is a lot more informative and complete than the two books previously read. The organisation of the chapters is just clever, pretty much obeying the law of chronological appearances in your Derby progression: history, rules, can you be a derby girl with 10 very interesting commandments (that I think we should show at the try-outs), how to become a derby girl now that you know you can be one, and finally what you can do for the league if you can't be a Derby girl (description of all the other jobs, including fan!). All this filled with some Derby culture (for example: how is Derby involved in the community?), etiquette (do's and dont's for switching league), advice (what do you do when you're a derby widow?), definitions (what exactly *is* a derby wife, how does it work?), and skaters' profiles that are relevant to the chapter (unlike other books) and lots more.
To me, this book is essential.
(^_^) Hope it helps.
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