Book Review – Touch, Pause, Engage!

by Liz McGregor (Jonathan Ball ) ISBN: 978-1-868-423095

Liz McGregor is one of the few female writers to have written a book about South African rugby. McGregor does not disappoint.
She shows the heart of rugby: the passion, the triumphs and the disappointments in Touch, Pause, Engage!

McGregor has walked next to muddy school fields and sat next to racist spectators in the rugby stadiums. She has interviewed professional rugby stars whose faces grace the media. She has drunk cappuccino at Loftus with the coaches to gather her information.
McGregor chats to the families who are the invisible people supporting the professional player. The heart-breaking confession of a coach who learnt about his sacking in the media will have readers sympathising.

Touch, Pause, Engage! is about the people in the rugby arena caught between earning money and following their passions. Life in the spotlight is not all glamour. It is about the character behind the public profile.

Although Touch, Pause, Engage! has to fight for shelf space amidst the many books written by Springboks, it is a book that is different to the usual game analysis and I-hate-sports-administrators rugby books.

Three years of meticulous research has been shaped and moulded into a story that explores human values and brotherhood. This book will delight not only rugby fans but also all lovers of a good sports story.

Ulrike Hill


Posted on: 6th November 2011