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A Handful of Summers
A Handful of Summers

A Handful of Summers

A Memoir


372 Pages, 8.0 x 7.64

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $20.95 (US $20.95) (CA $28.28)

Publication Date: January 2018

ISBN 9781928257424

Rights: WOR

Bookstorm (Jan 2018)

Available from local and national retailers throughout the US.


From beginnings on a gravel court on a farm in rural South Africa, Gordon Forbes went on to travel the world with his long-time tennis partner Abe Segal during the late 1950s and early 60s: the glory days of Fred Perry, Roy Emerson and Virginia Wade. In this delightful insider’s account of tennis on the international circuit, Forbes looks back with laughter at his tennis playing years through a varied, successful and often outrageous career on the world’s courts. This newly published edition of A Handful of Summers brings back a cult classic, revealing an era populated by the most colourful tennis players of all time. More about the hilarious escapades of players than the game itself, the book begins with a short series of vignettes from Forbes’s childhood on an Eastern Cape farm in South Africa, then takes the reader on a tennis tour – into locker rooms and restaurants, narrow streets and small hotels, and onwards to the lawns of Wimbledon and the caramel coloured clays of Roland Garros. A player of international repute, Gordon Forbes has managed to capture the irresistible charm of an era while telling the story of a young man striving to follow signposts on the winding roads of life. This is the first of Forbes’s memoirs, followed by Too Soon to Panic and I’ll Take the Sunny Side. With an original Foreword by Peter Ustinov.

Author Biography

Normal0falsefalsefalseEN-USX-NONEAR-SAGordon Forbes was born in 1934 on a farm near Burgersdorp in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. He grew up playing tennis with his siblings, and became one of South Africa's most consistent post-war champions, winning a total of ten national titles. He played for South Africa in Davis Cup competitions and with his great friend Abe Segal, became one of the world's best doubles combinations. Together, they won the British Hard Courts twice and reached the finals of the French Championships and the semi-finals of Wimbledon.