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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (8 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782197702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782197706
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 15.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Bowers is a freelance writer and broadcaster who has covered the global tennis scene for more than 20 years. He is best known as a commentator for European sports television channel Eurosport but also appears on the American sports channel ESPN and various radio stations around the world. He has written several books on tennis, including the biography of Roger Federer, but also The Book of Tennis, the International Tennis Federation's centenary commemorative book, and four Davis Cup yearbooks. He is also active in the environmental and political fields, and in 2011 wrote the biography of Nick Clegg, the leader of the British Liberal Democrats and deputy prime minister. He is the son of a refugee, and lives with his daughter in East Sussex, England.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By alex stojanovic on 28 Sept. 2014
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Cynical, superficial, humourless, pretentious, prejudiced - an account of Novak's life that could have been written by Federer or his PR machine if they only cared for such a thing. What's the point of this book? Novak's fans won't be pleased and won't learn anything new. Those who don't care for Novak or tennis won't be interested. Substitute Novak's name with Roger or Rafael or Andy, and Serbia with Switzerland, Spain or Scotland and you'd have a lawsuit and public outcry about so poorly researched, badly written and opinionated view of a man and his country. Backhanded compliments and pretence of good intentions and sympathy do nothing to make it more palatable, and some misguided historic, anthropological and psychological references to Serbs and Serbia do not make it objective. Criticism of Novak, Novak's, father, Serbia (the list goes on) are not the main problem of this book (even though this would antagonise majority of the potential readers of this book). The main problem is that it is poorly written and uninspiring.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Leslie MacDonald on 25 May 2014
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I had greatly looked forward to reading this book about a player who has sparked interest world wide not just for his tennis skills but his humanitarian interests towards his home country. Sadly the book is poorly written, incredibly boring and it's no surprise that Djokovic himself has not endorsed it. Chris Bowers apathetic attempt to tell the story of a fascinating man hinges solely on blow by blow reports of matches reminiscent of radio dialogue not a biography. Not helped by the fact the book is not written in chronological sequence makes it worse with the reader constantly being thrown back and forth much as a tennis ball over the net! It seems that Bowers intent on having a dig at anyone he can from Novak himself to collaborators of a book that Novak has written on his food intolerances. Rarely do I battle to finish a book but this was a long hard effort. When compared to super Biographies written about people like Agassi, it's a shame that Bowers can't take a leaf out of their books and learn how to write with interest, feeling and not endless quotes from people who may or may not being portraying this top tennis player in an accurate light. Fortunately it has not put me off Novak or Serbia but it may do to those who are hoping for a good read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 27 July 2014
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Unauthorised biography so little in-depth intervie so with the man himself or these closest to him so therefore a lot of speculation and supposition both about Djokovic and Serbia.

Also appears that due to lack of volume "padding" was added in the forum of endless match summaries.

Overall I would describe it as "OK", not totally unreadable but a lot of bring sections to skip to get to anything of any real substance.
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