On Snooker: The Game and the Characters who Play it

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Yellow Jersey, 2001 - Snooker - 194 pages
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"The book begins with Mordecai Richler's own experiences as a teenage pool room hustler in Montreal and his addiction to the game ever since, leading into a history of the game from its beginnings in the nineteenth century. He also explores the 'bad boys' of snooker from Alex Higgins to Ronnie O'Sullivan, as well as fellow-countrymen Cliff Thorburn and Kirk Stevens, but the central figure of the book is Stephen Hendry, the most talented player ever. In addition, Richler visits the craftsmen who make the champions' cues, the agents who control the sport and the groupies who follow the circuit to try and get close to the millionaire players.Never before has snooker been explored with such perception, wit and brio and, like all great sports writing, this book transcends its subject in unexpected, fascinating ways."

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User Review  - kencf0618 - LibraryThing

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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About the author (2001)

Mordecai Richler was born in Montreal in 1931. He has won the Commonwealth Prize, the Paris Review Humour Prize and was nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. He divides his time between Quebec and London.

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