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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 1 September 2007
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
on 7 March 2002
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
on 4 April 1999
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
on 8 August 2013
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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on 6 July 2013
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 his adventures on the great tennis circuits of the world. Recommended to all tennis fans, if you haven't already purchased for your library.
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on 21 April 2013
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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on 6 July 2013
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 value.
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on 18 August 2013
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.
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on 4 May 2015
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.
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on 3 August 2013
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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