'Mud, Sweat and Beers is packed with informative and entertaining detail. Mildly academic in tone - but written with exemplary clarity - it is priced for the academic market. It deserves a wider readership'. Ciaran Carson, Guardian.
‘From the long-forgotten games of quoits and knurr and spell, to the Sunday league pub team, the book uncovers an amazing range of sporting activity linked to alcohol and the premises that serve it. In doing so, issues of temperance, business, class, abuse and addiction are uncovered. From a study of a quite specific topic, the reader is forced to reassess and revisit the major themes of British history-writing as the book unfolds. In Mud, Sweat and Beers, an approach is found that champions the study of a sporting theme, but which cannot be ignored by historians of any aspect of British life.’ Mike Cronin, Journal of Contemporary History.