New Book By Evan X Hyde

July 20, 2008 at 9:02 pm 1 comment

Friday, July 18, 2008


From Xaibe to Jalacte, Sports has always been very central to Belizean life, but there has never been a publication that gives proper respect to sports, and to the many movers and shakers who have made it all happen – at least until now.

The fulfillment of this dire literary need comes in the long-awaited second book of Amandala publisher, Evan X Hyde, Sports, sin and subversion, which is set for release next week.

The 230-page publication chronicles major developments on Belize’s sporting scene from the 1950’s to current times, and it encapsulates some of Belize’s favorite pastimes – football, softball, basketball, boxing, and even dominoes.

Evan X Hyde singles out for recognition scores of major Belizean personalities and icons. In fact, many whose memories have faded from the nation’s recollection, find their incredible stories resurfacing on the pages of X Hyde’s captivating new book.

You’ll find over a hundred names listed in the book’s very extensive index, and the numerous snapshots from the past scattered through the book’s pages give it book a life of its own.

Among those featured in Sports, sin and subversion are the legendary Ludwig Lightburn, Eckert Lewis, Buck Belisle, Wilton Cumberbatch, Pulu Lightburn, Jawmaine Meighan, and Kenrick “The King” Halliday. Teams featured include The Happy Homebuilders, Mike’s Tough Guys – dominoes champs, and the Kremandala Raiders and Warriors.

The hot new book – guaranteed to quickly find its way among Belize’s greatest literary works – tells not just about sports, but of all the intrigue surrounding the games, from gambling to the importance and impact of the media on sports. Like in many other arenas of community life, politics have always infiltrated the games – and the book also demonstrates just how all these facets of our daily life move the ball both on and off the often skewed playing field.

Even before its formal launch, Sports, sin and subversion has already generated quite a buzz among many sports enthusiasts. Much more about this great Belizean publication will be revealed at the official launch, slated for 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 23, on the Kremandala compound.

Sports, sin and subversion was published by Ramos Publishing, and printed at the Angelus Press. Copies will be available around the country and through Amandala in Belize City.

For more information, please call 602-0181 or e-mail


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  • 1. LaVerne Lightburn  |  September 6, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    I was wondering if you knew that Ludwig Lightburn is being honored in the Boxing Hall of Fame for New Jersey on November
    Can you please send my family a copy of your book which is including my dad, Ludwig Lightburn. Would you like to add a page congratulating him in the New Jersey book for the inductees? Better yet would you like to attend the affair?

    LaVerne Lightburn

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