A Handful of Summers

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HarperCollins Publishers Limited, Jul 1, 2008 - 288 pages
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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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User 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

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User 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

About the author (2008)

Gordon Forbes played tennis for the South African Davis Cup team in the 50s and early 60s and returned to the circuit as a writer and observer.

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