The story of New Zealand
writing wouldn't be complete without acknowledging the important role sport has
played as a source of inspiration for many New Zealand writers. For some
writers sport is a subject of loathing, but the reality is Kiwis can't seem to
get enough of sports books.
In a country where rugby is often referred to as a religion, hosting and winning the first Rugby World Cup was a big deal. The story of how the tournament came about mixes the worlds of sport, politics and money.
The sports writer Peter Heidenstrom rated Yvette Williams as his 'New
Zealand Athlete of the Century'. There is no doubt that she was one of
our greatest-ever athletes - and probably the most versatile. <br />