on 9 June 2010
Gordon Forbes is an excellent writer. He was also a good tennis player, at a time when top-level tennis was fun and not a Big Serious Business. He has a gift for describing the quirks of his contemporaries and himself, laughing, sometimes wryly, at the experiences that befell them as they toured the tennis circuit. He writes lightly, yet meaningfully, capturing atmosphere and emotions as well as events. "A Handful of Summers" summed up the bright enthusiasm and innocence of youth. "Too soon to Panic" is its sequel, and displays the same sense of humour, from the vantage point of maturity. Anyone familiar with the tennis scene will revel in both books For non-tennis fans, they make a great read, and give insight into the players' minds, what life after a tennis career is like, and what happens behind the scenes of the world's great tournaments.