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A winning hand
on 4 June 2015
Readers of the late genius Alan Coren, greatest exponent of English literary humour since P.G. Wodehouse, may well remember a hilariously disaster filled episode in which he described his despairing attempts to feed the 6 month old Victoria at 2 a.m.
Well, she's a big girl now and no mean performer with the written word in her own right. Having no knowledge of, or interest in, card games or gambling of any description, I bought this book purely on the strength of the Coren name and V.C's television appearances. On first reading I admit to finding all the jargon and description of poker games rather hard going, but second time round it was much easier and well worth the effort.
This is the story of her journey from diffident teenager to accomplished international player in a fast changing world of seedy and exotic locations from dingy London clubs to Las Vegas and Monte Carlo, accompanied by a cast of characters to match, and full of incident.
She emerges from this book as funny, highly intelligent, occasionally vulnerable, definitely a woman of spirit, with a sharp eye for character and atmosphere, and the ability to get them down on the page. She certainly has what Ernest Hemingway ( and her father ) described as cojones!
Liked her before, like her even more now.