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Warts and all analysis from a genuine enthusiast
on 2 November 2007
Like many people I remember the TV golden age of snooker in the 1980s, when the game was more memorable for its cast of characters (such as Higgins, Werbeniuk, White, even 'interesting' Steve Davis)than its overall quality. Nowadays the game is peopled by pale automatons riding on the back of this heyday, who may make more centuries, but simply aren't as fascinating (Ronnie O'Sullivan excepted.) In this book, Clive Everton dissects the history and politics of snooker with relentless tenacity. The central section of the book goes into great detail about the political intrigues that presided over snooker's rise and fall, pulling no punches along the way. It really is 'warts and all', unsparing in its treatment of key administrators such as Geoff Foulds and Rex Williams. It is very eloquently written and the best sections are those concerned with getting to the haert of problematic figures like Alex Higgins and Ronnie O'Sullivan. Everton's look at the latter in particular is a brilliant mixture of sympathy and criticism. Underpinning it all is the author's love of the game, and his concern for its well-being. I've always thought of him as a first-rate commentator and through this book he deserves his reputation as the foremost authority on this popular sport.