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A Handful of Summers [Kindle Edition]

Gordon Forbes
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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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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A classic memoir, 'A Handful of Summers' is the hilarious account of the tennis travels of South African doubles partnership George Forbes and Abe Segal, and of the riotous characters who populated the amateur tennis world in the 50s and 60s as it stumbled towards professionalism. Full of superb anecdotes, bursting with vitality and humour, and written with unflagging zest and panache, it is a unique dressing-room view of the tennis world.

'A riotously extroverted memoir. I can't get out of my mind some of the funny series that Mr Forbes paints'
CHRISTOPHER LEHMANN-HAUPT 'New York Times'

'Mesmerising, the most jingly-jangly hilarious sporting memoir that can ever have been written'
GUARDIAN

'If you want to know what it is like to play on the tour, read 'A Handful of Summers'‘
ROD LAVER

'Forbes spares few, least of all himself, in this honest, at times hilarious, at times almost whimsical, account of the weird and wonderful world of the tennis star'
SUNDAY TIMES

'Rollicking, outrageous, raucous and riveting – I laughed my head off'
SUNDAY EXPRESS

About the Author

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.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1952 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1558215670
  • Publisher: SA Penguin; 1 edition (24 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AKO8QPC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #99,256 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, awful edition 1 Sept. 2007
By Paul Magnussen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I agree with the other reviewers: "A Handful of Summers" is the most informative and entertaining book on tennis I've read.

But the 1997 HarperCollins edition is dreadful: the paper quality is poor, and — most importantly — all the photographs are missing. I was so disgusted with it I returned it to Amazon and bought a second-hand copy instead.

The five-star rating is for the writing, not the edition.

Be warned.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a real laugh a minute account of how life was for the players of a less professional but more friendly and laid back era. You get a real sense of how the tennis scene has changed over the years, I can't imagine Pete Sampras playing the summer grass court events at Felixstowe and Cromer! This is wonderfully written book and is an absolute must for any true tennis fans
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply superb 4 April 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Forbes opens up the world of the tennis player and weelcomes the reader in. This amusing, informative and often touching account of life on the circuit is essential reading for any tennis fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old Tennis Memories 8 Aug. 2013
By PJB
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This really delighted my dad, bringing back great memories for him as an avid tennis fan in the 1950s and 60s. It was a really well received gift for his 85th birthday.
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This is William Boyd at his best! I almost disregarded this book with its offputting length, and, I am not usually a fan of journals...but, I think anyone whose interest lies in English society in the 20th C. will be thoroughly rewarded not only with the presentation of
historical facts but also with Boyd's poignant and most believable characterizations and relationships.
A wonderful read in all ways.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Misty, very enjoyable, sporting autobiography 21 April 2013
By PK
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This was a delightful read, describing tennis in the dying gasps of the amateur arena but more importantly the lovely life of the gifted young of any age, unspoiled by money. Not overly detailed about tennis, but enough for the buff, not a hint of politics outside some sporting competition considerations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read with insight and humour 5 May 2014
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Gordon Forbes has knowledge of tennis that all ytennis lovers could share, enjoy, savour and then want to read again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 60's nostalgia 3 Aug. 2013
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Very entertaining account of Wimbledon in the days of Laver Hoad and Rosewall when the game was transitioning from amateur to professional status.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
book for my sons birthday
Published 4 months ago by oliver
3.0 out of 5 stars Game Set ...
It is very 70s. Its a good yarn but I kept putting it down.
Published 6 months ago by Andrew Priestley
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless and highly entertaining account of tennis
This is a most revealing and amusing account of tennis and the personalities involved from a well know player from his early to final appearances at Wimbledon in past decades.
Published 19 months ago by Peter F Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Handful Of Summers
Gordon Forbes classic memoir 'A Handful of Summers' was a must-have e-book to add to my Kindle. I bought the book in paperback many years ago, and have now acquainted myself with... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money buying the Kindle edition.
Don't waste your money buying the Kindle edition. It has no photographs. Buy a second-hand copy of the book instead; it will contain the classic photographs and will be much better... Read more
Published 21 months ago by MR W
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Evocative!
I absolutely loved this book! What a fabulous description of a time gone by when things were so much simpler and not necessarily for the worse.
Published 21 months ago by Peter Nicholas
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't believe the book has had such good reviews
I was really looking forward to reading this book and couldn't have been more disappointed.

Not only does the book take a good while to get on to the subject of tennis... Read more
Published on 19 Jun. 2012 by Liz C
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