|Front cover of Smart Squash by Austin M. Francis|
For whatever reason, aside from a few great autobiographies and instructional-type books, there do not seem to be that many good reads about the game of squash out there. Certainly not relative to other more mainstream sports. Hopefully this will change in future as squash grows in popularity.
There are notable exceptions to this, however, like two great books about squash written by Jim Zug. Another is a book called 'Smart Squash' written by a gentleman named Austin Francis, which was first published 20 years ago, at the time that the US switched from hardball singles to the international softball game. Austin interviewed all of the top US-based players and coaches at that time in order to understand what the critical differences are between hardball and softball. Some of the names of those interviewed for advice are in the preface below.