What they say about The Pyjama Game
A classic in its genre.
Robert Twigger, author of Angry White Pyjamas
Law has fashioned one of the year’s most entertaining sporting books, and the best one to be written about a martial art since Robert Twigger’s Angry White Pyjamas. It’s lively, it’s witty and, above all, so persuasively enthusiastic that by the end you’ll find yourself feeling an intense urge to try it for yourself."
James Delingpole, Mail on Sunday
Finally a book has arrived on the market that offers a real insight into what judo is really about - The Pyjama Game by Mark Law offers a beautifully written interpretation of judo that will appeal to judo and non-judo people alike.
Approaching his 50th birthday, Mark Law decides to take up judo and his initial interest becomes an obsession, then a book. The result is a fascinating journey in which he unravels this most opaque of sports with humour, verve and style. Part travelogue, part history, part chronicle of midlife discovery, The Pyjama Game is an illuminating exposition of an enigmatic and marginal sport.
James Corbett, The Observer
A brilliant exploration of judo
Matt D'Ancona, The Spectator
Beautifully written and absolutely riveting.
This is a must-read for every judo enthusiast.
Jimmy Pedro, Olympic medallist and World Judo Champion
The literary genre “neophyte learns a martial art” is getting somewhat crowded, but Law’s likeable and stylish entry deserves a place on the mat.
Steven Poole, The Guardian
A fantastic voyage, beautifully written, through this most challenging of sports.
Chris Maume, Independent on Sunday
It is a fantastic read for all judokas, but unlike some sport books it is a mesmerising read for a wider audience …a book judo will be proud of.”
At last someone has written a book that examines every facet of the sport. The Pyjama Game is by turns hilarious, intriguing and even horrifying.
Yogi Marlon, sports writer