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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, awful edition
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...
Published on 1 Sep 2007 by Paul Magnussen

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3.0 out of 5 stars Misty, very enjoyable, sporting autobiography
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Evocative!, 4 July 2013
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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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Misty, very enjoyable, sporting autobiography, 21 April 2013
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extremely funny tale of the world of tennis., 26 Mar 1999
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This book should be read by anyone interested in the world of tennis and has many amusing anecdotes about players of the past,particularly Abe Segal. Lew Hoad, the great Australian tennis player is reputed to have considered it the best book he had ever read about those days.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Game Set ..., 27 Sep 2014
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It is very 70s. Its a good yarn but I kept putting it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 Nov 2014
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book for my sons birthday
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1.0 out of 5 stars Can't believe the book has had such good reviews, 19 Jun 2012
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I was really looking forward to reading this book and couldn't have been more disappointed.

Not only does the book take a good while to get on to the subject of tennis at all. When it finally does a huge amount of time is taken up with pitiful stories of sexual exploration, which would seem immmature to the average twelve year old, let along adult. Not surpised it is out of print...
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