I'll be honest. I read this many years ago, but could not find a copy now. I bought a kindle just to read this (although there are other books on it now). SciFi as it was in the 60s & 70s. Just the thing for us nostalgia buffs.
The Norman Way is an excellent example of 1960s science fiction. It is well-written, easy to read, and, most important, terrific entertainment.
McIntosh gives us a futuristic world where physical perfection is practically worshipped, where clothing is nearly optiona -bathing trunks and bikinis are standard dress, and where all are tested in the Sports. While sport challenges are nothing new, going back thousands of years to the Greek Olympians and the Roman Gladiators, Noman sports are deadly on a scale far surpassing anything in the Hunger Games with a minimum of five million casualties per month. The challenges the Norman's face are nerve wracking but a required part of the social fabric as visiting Terrans learn.
The story here combines vigorous athletic challenges that are often deadly with interplanetary spies and telepathy. It is a clearly focused story that is hard to put down and quite compelling. Highly recommended.
This is a shorter book than many published nowadays but still well worth the money (I paid £2.99). I had read it several times in paperback but had not done so for a number of years. It feels really good to be able to revisit old favourites in kindle comfort. Set on a distant world in the future, it still asks and answers question relevant to living now.