A History of Billiards: (the English Three-ball Game) Paperback – 22 Oct 2012
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Clive Everton's new book carries the story of billiards from its early origins right up to 2012. He not only chronicles the major matches in the game's history but also attempts to illuminate its personalities and explain the political cross currents which all too often held the game back.
A History of Billiards is a 244-page quality paperback containing an extremely comprehensive index and over 50 photographs.
From the author:
A History of Billiards grew out of The History of Billiards and Snooker, which was published back in 1978 and therefore needed significant updating.
Initially, the two games could be written about on the assumption that there was much in common between them and that their players were part of the same story. This is no longer the case, so that is why I have written a separate history of the three-ball game which, like any other sport with a lively history, deserves to have it chronicled.
The early billiards heroes like John Rberts junior, who was to billiards what W.G. Grace was to cricket, were fascinating characters. Roberts, not just the leading player but also the foremost promoter of his day, was like Steve Davis and Barry Hearn rolled into one.
Walter Lindrum, Joe Davis, Tom Newman and Clark McConachy, with their mastery of nursery cannons not only took the game to a new level but sent it into a 50-year coma as a public entertainment.
The death of billiards at all levels was gloomily forecast but the amateur game survived at a remarkably constant level and the professional game was eventually revived, mostly through the drive of Mark Wildman before its progress was undone by forces beyond his control.
Take out nursery cannons the game's modern champions, especially Mike Russell, bear comparison to Lindrum and the other giants of the past.
Clive Everton, October 2012
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