PositiveThe Financial Times...this certainly does not feel like an old man’s book. It is full of enthusiasm for words and the struggling idea that they actually matter. And it is full of sound advice for anyone who wants to make themselves clearer, whether they write novels, articles or memos to the regional sales director ... Above all, Evans understands — as his Sunday Times did — that there is no single correct approach to writing: it depends what one is trying to convey ... However, Evans does seem unsure himself what job he is trying to do here. Is this a pleasurable read or a textbook? It veers between the two. Either way, it would have been a damn sight more useful if the publishers had bothered with an index.
RaveThe Financial Times...any attempt to show the big picture of Olympic history — the global, national and sports politics, the commercialisation, the financial corruption, the drug scandals and, lest we forget, the sporting glories — [is] very welcome indeed. This is especially true when the attempt produces something as illuminating, erudite, fair-minded and readable as David Goldblatt’s outstanding book The Games.