Join the Quest for Glory

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 10 Nov 2010 at 13:40
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“Embracing sporting success, living vicariously through the actions and conquests of our heroes and learning from their achievements is an integral part of the South African sporting psyche,” says Michael Marnewick, best known to Sharksworld readers as the web master of the popular Sharksrugby website. Marnewick’s first book, Quest For Glory: Successes in South African Sport, has just hit the shelves.

Launched to the media at a glitzy ceremony last night, the book examines sporting success through the eyes of sporting personalities like Bruce Fordyce, Baby-Jake Matlala, Shaun Pollock, Ryk Neethling, Clive Barker, Mark Andrews, six Springbok Captains and a host of other personalities including those in the Sports Science, Sports Psychology and Coaching arenas. Various themes are covered, both from an individual recollection of events like Rugby World Cup and Olympic success to discussions of what it takes to be successful in terms of motivation, winning when you’re expected to lose, big match temperament and dealing with success and failure.

Marnewick has interviewed many of the most successful South African sports heroes and painstakingly sifted through their words in order to extract the common threads, attitudes an approaches that have made them what they are. His book aims to distil this wisdom and make it accessible to aspiring sports stars and armchair punters alike.

For an opportunity to buy the book, meet the author and perhaps even get your copy signed, be sure to attend the official public launch, which will be taking place at Books & Books at Kensington Square, Durban North on Thursday evening, starting at 6pm. Quest for Glory: Successes in South African Sport is available at all good books stores, including Exclusive Books, Bargain Books and on-line at


  • Looking forward to getting my hands on a copy!

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.11.10 13:45:39 by Richard Ferguson Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Richard Ferguson
  • Congratulations Mike! Does anyone know if it will be in book shops in Joburg already? I have saved up money to buy a copy.

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.11.10 13:46:08 by war1 Reply
  • And I will make sure to get my ass to that launch on Thursday evening..

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.11.10 13:46:31 by Richard Ferguson Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Richard Ferguson
  • @war1 (Comment 2) :

    Do you want it signed and then sent to you War?

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.11.10 13:47:11 by Richard Ferguson Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Richard Ferguson
  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : legend!

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.11.10 13:52:59 by robdylan Reply
  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : Dude, that would be beyond awesome!

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.11.10 13:54:30 by war1 Reply
  • Well done, Mr Marnewick!

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.11.10 14:04:33 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • Now how about giving ur old Pal Rob a copy so we can win this in a comp?? 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.11.10 14:05:36 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • Well done sir. I hope it’s a major success 🙂

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.11.10 14:08:29 by Jarson Reply
  • @Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 (Comment 8) : don’t steal the thunder here, Icey!

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.11.10 14:09:27 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : HUH?? That was far from my intention!

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.11.10 14:16:53 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • I will have to buy this for my Dad as a Christmas present, that way I will get to read it too. 2 birds – one stone 😈

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.11.10 14:35:19 by lostfish Reply
    Valued Sharksworld Supporter lostfish
  • @Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 (Comment 11) : nah – just kidding… we will def do a giveaway in the future.

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.11.10 14:54:29 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : that will be awsome!

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.11.10 15:08:29 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • Nice one,will get my hands on a copy

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.11.10 16:40:25 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 15) : stiekuit, jou lekka ding!

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.11.10 16:51:44 by robdylan Reply
  • Big up MM you good thing!!!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.11.10 17:09:44 by ruggabugga Reply
  • @ruggabugga (Comment 17) : what a legend, hey

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.11.10 17:29:35 by robdylan Reply
  • Have said it elsewhere before, but EXCELLENT STUFF Mike, Very few things give me more joy than seeing other people make a success of something and enjoying it in the process.


    Make sure some shop somewhere keeps a copy behind the counter until 20 Decmeber when I arrive in Dbn. 😛

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.11.10 17:41:54 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Well done Michael – I look forward to a good read.

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.11.10 19:26:38 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • Thank You everyone for the fantastic support. I think it’s only fair to say that this was a labour of love – a huge endeavour mixed with the joy of producing a new “baby”.

    Hopefully there is as much enjoyment reading it as there was putting it all together.

    I’m sure we can make a plan to give a copy away to a lucky Sharksworld reader. (Although if everyone buys a copy, what would they want with another one?)


  • Comment 21, posted at 11.11.10 07:49:11 by MichaelMarnewick Reply
  • Will be there tonight for sure MM,hope you got plenty stock

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.11.10 08:37:09 by ruggabugga Reply
  • @MichaelMarnewick (Comment 21) : thanks so much for taking the time to post a comment, Mike. Best of luck for the launch tonight… I’ll be there in spirit, I assure you!

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.11.10 10:09:20 by robdylan Reply
  • Well done Michael. How refreshing it is to see a South African sport book that is not a ‘scandalous’ biography but instead a motivational piece that aims to inspire all of us to go further and try harder.

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.11.10 10:38:28 by CapeShark Reply
    The Great Couch Shark
  • @MichaelMarnewick (Comment 21) :

    Awesome to see you post a comment Mike!

    Will see you tonight, and hopefully you will sign me a few copies.

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.11.10 10:51:36 by Richard Ferguson Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Richard Ferguson
  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 25) : Thanks Richard and anyone else who will be there tonight, including “Rob in spirit”.

    Unfortunately, you’ll probably find that an unsigned copy will be more valuable as I am signing everything I can get my hands on!

    I will certainly sign any book that is presented (my book of course).


  • Comment 26, posted at 11.11.10 11:32:05 by MichaelMarnewick Reply
  • @MichaelMarnewick (Comment 26) :

    I have a few requests for signed copies..

    Will see you tonight..

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.11.10 11:38:35 by Richard Ferguson Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Richard Ferguson
  • Mike, just a question….How long did this project take to complete?

  • Comment 28, posted at 11.11.10 14:03:10 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • @MichaelMarnewick (Comment 26) : you definately need two – the one inevitably gets borrowed and sometimes strugglles to find its way home 😉

    Congrats on the book.

  • Comment 29, posted at 11.11.10 14:35:08 by rekinek Reply
  • The book launch was awesome!!

    Congrats again Mike, you spoke well and everybody enjoyed it! Good choice of guests as well!!

  • Comment 30, posted at 12.11.10 08:53:18 by Richard Ferguson Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Richard Ferguson
  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 30) : and who were the guests?

  • Comment 31, posted at 12.11.10 09:03:27 by rekinek Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 31) :

    Tim Goodenough and Clive Barker!!

    They all spoke very well and answered our questions. It was a really good evening!

  • Comment 32, posted at 12.11.10 09:06:50 by Richard Ferguson Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Richard Ferguson
  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 32) : nice.

  • Comment 33, posted at 12.11.10 09:17:42 by rekinek Reply
  • @Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 (Comment 28) : I swear I started writing a reply yesterday. Losing my sanity in a big way!

    It took six months from start to handing in my manuscript. Then the wait for rewrites and edits, that took another month. In all, I worked some 14 hour days, seven days a week from December to the end of May. The editing process later was a few hours work, nothing major.

    In the process though, I lost 10% of my body weight (and hardly saw a gym….)

    Then there is the printing, distribution, etc so in all, it took 11 months from the first effort to the last.

  • Comment 34, posted at 12.11.10 09:25:53 by MichaelMarnewick Reply
  • @MichaelMarnewick (Comment 34) : Wow! I thought it might have taken longer, but seeing the hours u put in, someone else might have taken longer! Congrats, I’ll be sure to put that on my Xmas wishlist!

  • Comment 35, posted at 12.11.10 09:32:55 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • @MichaelMarnewick (Comment 34) : but this probably does not include all the pre-writing research or are you that efficient.

  • Comment 36, posted at 12.11.10 10:23:47 by rekinek Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 36) : This also seems to be a brand new diet! But I am faaaar to lazy to work that hard! :blush:

  • Comment 37, posted at 12.11.10 10:27:31 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 32) : Timbo is taking every opportunity he can to show off that dodgy moustache!

  • Comment 38, posted at 12.11.10 10:39:08 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 38) :

    Do you know him well Rob?

    He seems a heluva nice guy, and very knowledgeable. We shoulf get him to write for us..

  • Comment 39, posted at 12.11.10 10:40:33 by Richard Ferguson Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Richard Ferguson
  • Hehehehehe!

  • Comment 40, posted at 12.11.10 10:45:08 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • @MichaelMarnewick (Comment 21) : It couldn’t hurt to have one signed by the guy who wrote the book and the guy who wrote the foreword 😉

  • Comment 41, posted at 12.11.10 10:56:18 by lostfish Reply
    Valued Sharksworld Supporter lostfish
  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 39) : he used to. Then he got a bit busy.

    Search the archives for stuff written by TG. That’s him.

  • Comment 42, posted at 12.11.10 11:01:49 by robdylan Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 36) : No, the only prewriting I did was sending a proposal to the Publishers. I started the interviews in December, in about late Feb I started writing, but still conducted a whole lot more iinterviews so it was difficult to complete it knowing I was getting new material all the time.

    I actually caught Bob Skinstad two weeks before I was to send in my manuscript, but it was too good an opportunity to pass up.

  • Comment 43, posted at 12.11.10 11:03:57 by MichaelMarnewick Reply
  • @MichaelMarnewick (Comment 43) : oh – and where did you get HIS email address from? 🙂

  • Comment 44, posted at 12.11.10 11:35:20 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 44) : I was actually at the game – Sharks vs Stormers and he was sitting in the media centre so I grabbed him and asked if he wouldn’t mind chatting to me. He was very good, even offered to help publicise the book on his blog once it came out.

  • Comment 45, posted at 12.11.10 12:20:59 by MichaelMarnewick Reply
  • @MichaelMarnewick (Comment 45) : he’s a great bloke, is Bob. I like him a lot

  • Comment 46, posted at 12.11.10 12:40:43 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 46) : He was the sixth Bok captain I managed to interview for the book.

  • Comment 47, posted at 12.11.10 12:43:28 by MichaelMarnewick Reply
  • Got my signed copy in the post this morning. Excellent stuff! Well done Michael! Looking forward to getting stuck into this book.

  • Comment 48, posted at 15.11.10 15:52:00 by war1 Reply
  • @MichaelMarnewick (Comment 43) : that’s really good going. and not letting the occassion slip 😀

  • Comment 49, posted at 15.11.10 15:56:59 by rekinek Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 48) : no need to make people jelaous 🙄 😉

  • Comment 50, posted at 15.11.10 15:57:48 by rekinek Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 50) : No need to be jealous, just go and buy the book

  • Comment 51, posted at 15.11.10 16:30:00 by war1 Reply

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