A Handful of Summers
HarperCollins Publishers Limited, Jul 1, 2008 - 288 pages
The hilarious, classic memoir of the international tennis circuit.
"A Handful of Summers" is a delightfully uninhibited insider's account of tennis on the international circuit in the fifties and sixties -- both on and off court -- in the glory days of Fred Perry, Roy Emerson, and Virginia Wade.
Forbes begins with his childhood on a farm in South Africa, where he learned to play tennis on a gravel court. His game takes him to Europe, as a South African Davis Cup player, and finally to Wimbledon. Along the way he cavorts with extraordinary characters among the world-class players, including a young Billy Jean King and Rod Laver -- and their tales, and his, shine throughout this irresistibly witty memoir. A cult classic among tennis aficionados when it was first published in the United States, it is a current bestseller in South Africa.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - asktheages - LibraryThing
I have to say, I've read this one twice now and I don't quite get the hype over it. It's often considered one of, if not THE, best tennis books ever written, but I didn't like it as much as I expected ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - stellarexplorer - LibraryThing
A colorful and amusing glimpse into the tennis circuit in the 1950s and 60s. An autobiographical account by a writer who is a natural. Interesting, comic and vivid. Read full review