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A Handful of Summers Hardcover – 12 Jun 1978

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd; First printing. edition (12 Jun. 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434268402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434268405
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,129,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Magnussen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Sept. 2007
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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 on 7 Mar. 2002
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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 By A Customer on 4 April 1999
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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 By PJB on 8 Aug. 2013
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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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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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Gordon Forbes has knowledge of tennis that all ytennis lovers could share, enjoy, savour and then want to read again.
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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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