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'
'If you want to know what it is like to play on the tour, read 'A Handful of Summers'‘
'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'
'Rollicking, outrageous, raucous and riveting – I laughed my head off'
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.
What a pleasant book! Google up FT and Simon Kuper and Gordon Forbes Handful of Summers for a review that does a better job than anything I can write.Published 1 month ago by Mandrake
It is very 70s. Its a good yarn but I kept putting it down.Published 9 months ago by Andrew Priestley
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 22 months ago by Peter F Gibson
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 morePublished 24 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished 24 months ago by MR W
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 24 months ago by Peter Nicholas