Author : P Narang
Comments : Basic techniques well presented with some sketched diagrams to aid the learning process. Most of the advice offered is very dated and the references are to players like Barna, Bergman, and Tereba. I feel the advice might be better received had it come from Boll, Samsonov or Waldner. No photographs.
Author : P Narang
Author : Jens Fellke
Comments : A biography of Jan Ove Waldner, the most successful player of modern times. There is no doubting of the Swede’s credentials to being amongst the all-time greats, but I have a problem with ‘ The greatest player in TT history’. Nevertheless, the book is interesting and informative and well worth the read.
Author : Glen Tepper
Comments : A new coaching manual with 304 pages for the able bodied player and a further 110 pages for the players with disabilities. A massive work here and well presented but very, very basic. The first edition in English was produced in 2004 and then revised in the same year, a French language version followed, and then a Spanish one. 2006 saw a revised English one and in 2007, a sixth revised edition was published in English. I have chosen to list just the Sixth Edition.
Author : ITTF
Comments : Another in the series of what seems to be a publication every two years of some of the best TT photos you are ever likely to see. It may seem heavily biased towards the Asian players, but they do win most of the major events. Great Stuff! Evocative of the passions surrounding the major championships.
Author : Henry Winkler and Liz Oliver
Comments : Well I never expected to see ‘The Fonz’ of Happy Days listed as a TT Author. A schoolboy story in the Hank Zipser series of the self-styled Worlds Greatest Underachiever and his new found love of Ping Pong. The UK edition was published in 2009. (See Bib No. 314).
Author : David Buonaguidi
Comments : I am not sure how to categorise this one. All good fun, from the exploits of Karmarama in it’s first season in the London Central Table Tennis League. Karmarama is one of the top London advertising agencies, and the book is written by advertising guru and TT fanatic Dave Buonaguidi.
Author : Dr. A. K. Srivastava
Comments : When I saw the cover photo of Jill Hammersley c. 1978 I thought this was a book from the ’70s which I had missed. I am afraid not. The text is equally dated and consists of some not very sound advice and a not very well organised Rules Summary.
Author : ETTA
Comments : For the first time ever (the series started in 1951 and has gone through at least 29 editions and reprints) – the format changes to a portrait format. As you would expect, the latest is the best so far, the teachings are succinct and simple, and the photos are good. I enjoyed it.