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.
Author : Larry Hodges
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.
Author : Jeff Weston
Comments : An amusing book dedicated to the author’s three loves of Football, Boxing and Table Tennis, with about a third of the book taken up by each sport. The Table Tennis section covers the articles published in The Bolton News between 2013-2016 and has considerable interest to the Bolton TT fraternity, but to outsiders the interest is limited.
I do like the expression ‘Table Tennis Dens’, which sums up our local league venues most aptly.
Author : Graham Frankel
Comments : A carefully crafted book with a serious look at the way the Game in the UK has been drifting over the last 50 years. Plenty of food for thought. There is no doubt that the other European Nations have been leaving us behind in the organisation and administration of our game and I suspect that there are many others like Graham who feel there is a need for change. A interesting take on the introduction of synthetic bat coverings over the last 70 years. All of course recognised by Ivor Montagu in his far sighted ‘problems of racket standardisation’ of 1959.
Author : R. Fullen
Comments : I have finally found time to digest all 361 pages of this monumental work. I don’t think I have ever read a book that has made me stop and think so much, and so often. In my opinion it is probably the best ever for the advanced player or the good coach. Such issues as different play with the 40mm ball, different styles with the plastic ball, and different techniques with the women’s game, are all dealt with in detail. A great book – but I certainly would not recommend it for the beginner, (it might put them off for life). The fact that it is a series of articles, lectures, and seminars can make it heavy going in places, and the lack of progressive structure leads to some topics being covered on several occasions. Well done! What more could you ask for? A few action photos would be nice..