On Snooker

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Knopf Canada, Apr 30, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 224 pages
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From his first days as a poolroom hustler playing truant from Baron Byng High School at the Rachel Pool Hall, Mordecai Richler has remained a snooker devotee. In his inimitable style, he delves into the fascinating world of snooker with pith and perception.

But On Snooker is not just a lifelong fan's memoir. It is a brilliantly entertaining history of the game and an account of snooker's bad boy champions, including Alex (The Hurricane) Higgins, Cliff (The Grinder) Thorburn—both Canadian and interviewed for this book—with a chapter devoted to their special exploits and drug escapades. There are other colourful types: Ronnie (The Rocket) O'Sullivan, whose dad ("Ron's the name, porn's the game") is serving a life sentence for murder. Finally there is Stephen Hendry, the greatest player ever, who has won the world championship a record seven times.

Mordecai Richler also makes clear why many great writers have been fascinated by sports and why snooker and literary readers go together, including Hemingway, Shulberg, Mailer, Roth, Plimpton, Martin Amis, and others.

Very funny, passionate, and thoroughly researched on snooker tables from Montreal's The Main to Dublin, On Snooker is a book lovers of Richler and of great sports writing will cherish.

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Love the cover photo of the Queen Mum playing snooker. I know naught of the game; I don't even know how my father came to have this book on his desk; but it's my introduction to Mordecai Richler. Read full review

On Snooker: A Brilliant Exploration of the Game and the Characters Who Play It.

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The recently deceased Richler (Barney's Version) was an internationally renowned novelist with a lifelong passion for snooker, an offshoot of billiards. This is his personalized general ... Read full review

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Mordecai Richler is the author of ten novels, and numerous essays and screenplays. In his lifetime, he won two Governor General’s Awards, the Giller Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, among others. He was also a Companion of the Order of Canada. Mordecai Richler passed away in Montreal in July 2001.

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