New Edition Out Now: The Bluffer's Guide to Skiing
David Allsop updates the original guide to the slopes.
‘I once wrote of an earlier edition of this book that it was one of the funniest books on skiing I’d ever read. I take it back. The latest version is the funniest.’ ARNIE WILSON, EDITOR, Ski+Board
From ‘slaloms’ to ‘side-cuts’, and from ‘hooking’ to ‘heli-skiing’, The Bluffer's Guide to Skiing tells you all you need to know about how to pass as an expert on the slopes. Never again confuse a schuss with a pschitt or a piste with an abfahrt, pronounce confidently on which resorts to be seen in and, more importantly, what to say and do once you get there.
A 5-million-copy bestselling series, The Bluffer’s Guides® have been helping people out of sticky situations for over four decades. Now relaunched, they’re back – and not just in paperback. E-books are available from all major online bookstores.
The Sunday Telegraph described the original series as containing ‘an amazing amount of solid fact disguised as frivolous observation’ and Daily Mail hailed the guides as providing a ‘means to apparent instant erudition without actually having to know or study anything.’
The latest release from Bluffer’s is a new edition of The Bluffer’s Guide to Skiing, which has undergone a facelift at the hands of Jim Shannon, the new series illustrator, and David Allsop, the original author and now series editor.
David was introduced to skiing at the age of five on a rudimentary monoski down the slopes of a slagheap. He spent the next 30 years scrupulously avoiding anything to do with sliding downhill. After trial careers in occupations as diverse as growing beansprouts and working as a barrister, he found his niche amid the peaks and troughs of freelance journalism – adding ski-writing to his formidable portfolio of areas of professed expertise. By dint of bluff and good luck, he has managed to ski, at little cost to himself, in more than 300 resorts – with a style that was once described by a member of the Compagnie des Guides as ‘comme une vache espagnole’ (like a Spanish cow), which he chooses to regard as a rare example of French irony. The Alliance des Moniteurs de Ski du Canada knows better; it allowed him to qualify as a ski instructor in 2004. Curiously this does not seem to have made him any more attractive to the opposite sex.
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E-book now available for Kindle and iPad at Amazon.co.uk and iBookstore (RRP £4.99). Print edition in stores and at online retailers March 2013 (RRP £6.99).
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