A Handful of Summers

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A cult classic, from an era populated by the most colourful tennis players of all time, A Handful of Summers is an uninhibited account of adventures on the tennis circuits of the world. More about the hilarious escapades of players than the game itself, the book begins with a short series of vignettes from Forbes' childhood on a Cape farm, then takes the reader on a tennis tour - into locker rooms and restaurants, narrow streets and small hotels, and onwards to the lawns of Wimbledon and the caramel coloured clays of Roland Garros.

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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

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Gordon Forbes is one of the most prolific sports writers today. In his thirty-five-year career he has covered over 900 games, including thirty-nine Super Bowls. He spent two decades as the pro football editor at USA Today. He lives in Lakewood, New Jersey.

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