Last year I never got around to order a then newly published rowing book, A History of Galway Rowing Club 1910-2009 by James Casserly. I thought it would be interesting to read about Irish rowing, especially when someone told me in an e-mail the Casserly’s book was a “good” read. I had seen it on the web, and although one should never buy a book because it has a good-looking cover, or a wine with a good-looking label, A History of Galway Rowing Club 1910-2009 had a promising cover with nine lads in an eight.
Some weeks ago, I happened to see the book on eBay for a fraction of what it cost last year. I ordered it, and three weeks ago it arrived safely in the mail. It was with great anticipation I opened the parcel to flip through the pages of the book. After a while I put the book aside, only to open it again after a day, or two. I have done this procedure for three weeks, and when it is now time to write this little review, I am sorry to have to write that I am terribly disappointed about the book.
Yesterday, when I wrote about the two ways there are to write a club history, The Art Of Writing A Book On The History Of A Rowing Club, Casserly’s book would end up in the second category, a book only for the members and friends of the club. I think that he missed a great opportunity to write about Irish rowing, maybe not as a whole, but Galway RC probably has a great part of rowing in Ireland, and that is sadly not shown in this book.