Barry Hayward's Table Tennis Library

An Illustrated Bibliography of Table Tennis Books in the English Language

Category: All Books

Bib No. 388 – TABLE TENNIS BOOK FOR ANY LEVEL TABLE TENNIS PLAYER

Bib No. 388 – TABLE TENNIS BOOK FOR ANY LEVEL TABLE TENNIS PLAYER

Author : Larry Hodges
Comments : The Amazon website was a little vague as to who was the author of this book and having acquired a copy, I can see why. It is because the author’s name does not appear on front or rear covers, nor in the frontispiece. Neither does the date of publication appear anywhere. However by scouring the pages it is a simple enough matter to deduce that the author is Larry Hodges. The content of the book is helpful, thorough and interesting. Photographs are plentiful and useful, but perhaps a more modern cover photo could have been used, rather than the Gatien one of 25 years ago. I would have preferred the pages to have been numbered and although the ‘Table of Contents’ list shows a section ‘About the Author’, mine is missing. I enjoyed the book, but the lack of some of the finishing detail was a disappointment.

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Bib No. 387 – IT TAKES BALLS TO PLAY TABLE TENNIS

Bib No. 387 – IT TAKES BALLS TO PLAY TABLE TENNIS

Author : Des Flanagan
Comments : Amusing book from Northern Ireland. I didn’t learn much about Table Tennis from this book, but my knowledge of the local disputes and politics is significantly better. Des seems to have achieved his goal of playing international TT (at the over 50 level at least) only to have been foiled by the outbreak of the Coronavirus.

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Bib No. 384 – SONGS OF INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP

Author : Hikosuke Tamasu
Comments : Biographical account of Mr Tamasu, who is TT equipment manufacturer and administrator. There is a lot of information on the history of World Table Tennis. .

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Bib No. 1 – RULES AND DIRECTIONS FOR PING PONG OR GOSSIMA

Bib No. 1 – RULES AND DIRECTIONS FOR PING PONG OR GOSSIMA

Author : John Jaques & Son Ltd
Comments : Standard Edition. Short Booklet – one of the first general guides to the game

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Bib No. 2 – RULES AND DIRECTIONS FOR PING PONG OR GOSSIMA

Author : John Jaques & Son Ltd
Comments : Same as Book No 1 but in a slightly different format and an illustrated soft cover

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Bib No. 3 – TABLE TENNIS AND HOW TO PLAY IT

Bib No. 3 – TABLE TENNIS AND HOW TO PLAY IT

Author : MJG Ritchie & Walter Harrison
Comments : Of some historical interest the book represents the state of the art in 1902, published simultaneously in Philadelphia, USA

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Bib No. 370 – TABLE TENNIS AND HOW TO PLAY IT

Bib No. 370 – TABLE TENNIS AND HOW TO PLAY IT

Author : MJG Ritchie & Walter Harrison
Comments : This second edition appears to be identical to the first, including the advertisements. The only difference I can see, is in the labelling of the sketch on Page 49.

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Bib No. 4 – TABLE TENNIS AND HOW TO PLAY IT

Bib No. 4 – TABLE TENNIS AND HOW TO PLAY IT

Author : MJG Ritchie & Walter Harrison
Comments : Of some historical interest the book represents the state of the art in 1902, published simultaneously in London, England

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Bib No. 5 – PING PONG RULES AND HISTORY OF THE GAME

Author : Frank Hammett Norton
Comments : Contains an interesting but untrue story of how the game originated in Japan.

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Bib No. 6 – PING PONG OR TABLE TENNIS AND HOW TO PLAY IT

Author : M G Ritchie & Arnold Parker
Comments : Also sub-titled ‘The New Table Game as Played in America’. Basic sound advice in a booklet for inclusion in a boxed set.

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