Barry Hayward's Table Tennis Library

An Illustrated Bibliography of Table Tennis Books in the English Language

Category: 2000-2019

Bib No. 336 – PING PONG FEVER

Bib No. 336 – PING PONG FEVER

Author : Steve Grant
Comments : WOW! What a fabulous book. One of the best TT historians has completed a massive feat of research in producing this definitive history on the birth of our sport. I have to say that other earlier histories are dwarfed by comparison. Richly illustrated and full of anecdotal and factual evidence, I suspect this work cannot be surpassed. If you are intrigued by our sport, or even just enjoy a good yarn – get one.

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Bib No. 337 – ADVENTURES OF THE PING PONG DIPLOMATS

Bib No. 337 – ADVENTURES OF THE PING PONG DIPLOMATS

Author : Fred Danner
Comments : An interesting account of the Ping Pong Diplomacy and the negotiations and subsequent visits to China by the British and US Table Tennis Teams and Dipolmats. I found this fascinating but whether I will be quite so excited about the planned future volumes I am not so sure.

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Bib No. 338 – FROM LONDON TO LONDON-TABLE TENNIS COMES HOME

Bib No. 338 – FROM LONDON TO LONDON-TABLE TENNIS COMES HOME

Author : Colin Clemmett
Comments : A well produced commemorative book celebrating the 2012 London Olympics. I can’t see any previously undiscovered data but the history sections and in particular, the section on TT in the Olympics are nevertheless superbly presented with some dynamic action photographs

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Bib No. 339 – THE BEST EVER BOOK OF TABLE TENNIS JOKES

Bib No. 339 – THE BEST EVER BOOK OF TABLE TENNIS JOKES

Author : Mark Geoffrey Young
Comments : Pick any joke you have ever heard and substitute the Englishman, Scotsman, or Irishman, and insert ‘a Table Tennis Player’ instead. For example ‘ a Table Tennis Player walked into a bar……’ or ‘There was an Englishman, an Irishman and a Table Tennis Player………….’. Lots of jokes with that sort of treatment and not a mention of a bat or ball. There are endless possibilities of using the same jokes for different sports, nationalities, professions, etc. Good Fun, but it’s just not cricket. P.S. Note the name of Publisher.

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Bib No. 342 – TABLE TENNIS FASCINATION V11

Bib No. 342 – TABLE TENNIS FASCINATION V11

Author : ITTF
Comments : More of the same wonderful photographs, but even photos as good as these start to look a little tired after 7 volumes. I think there is room for a new format.

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Bib No. 343 – PING PONG

Bib No. 343 – PING PONG

Author : Ziggy Hanaor
Comments : Diane Webb of the ETTA told me to have a look at this one. I agree with her description of ‘quirky’. Might be appropriate for the new Ping Pong bars and coffee houses but not for the serious enthusiast.

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Bib No. 344 – TABLE TENNIS TACTICS FOR THINKERS

Bib No. 344 – TABLE TENNIS TACTICS FOR THINKERS

Author : Larry Hodges
Comments : All good stuff here.To be able to use all the different tactics described, you would have to be an extremely strong player and master of all the strokes, which very few players can do. However if you study this book, you can select the tactics that are appropriate to your game. Good read and a fine book.

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Bib No. 345 – THE PROFESSIONAL TABLE TENNIS COACHES  HANDBOOK

Bib No. 345 – THE PROFESSIONAL TABLE TENNIS COACHES HANDBOOK

Author : Larry Hodges
Comments : Does Mr Hodges pen never run dry.

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Bib No. 346 – THE BEST EVER GUIDE TO DEMOTIVATION FOR TABLE TENNIS PLAYERS

Bib No. 346 – THE BEST EVER GUIDE TO DEMOTIVATION FOR TABLE TENNIS PLAYERS

Author : Mark Geoffrey Young
Comments : Another along the lines of No 339 but the connection with TT gets weaker. I think this could be the last of it’s kind to be included in this list.

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Bib No. 347 – THE NEXT STEP

Bib No. 347 – THE NEXT STEP

Author : Alex Polyakov
Comments : A follow-up to Alex’s excellent book of 2011 (Book No 335). Very thought provoking and I found the section on ‘the Mental Game’ to be very helpful and that studying this section would be a real asset to any aspiring player.

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