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A Social History Of Tennis In Britain

RRP $336.99

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Winner of the Lord Aberdare Literary Prize 2015- from the British Society for Sports History. From its advent in the mid-late nineteenth century as a garden-party pastime to its development into a highly commercialised and professionalised high-performance sport, the history of tennis in Britain reflects important themes in Britain's social history. In the first comprehensive and critical account of the history of tennis in Britain, Robert Lake explains how the game's historical roots have shaped its contemporary structure, and how the history of tennis can tell us much about the history of wider British society. Since its emergence as a spare-time diversion for landed elites, the dominant culture in British tennis has been one of amateurism and exclusion, with tennis sitting alongside cricket and golf as a vehicle for the reproduction of middle-class values throughout wider British society in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Consequently, the Lawn Tennis Association has been accused of a failure to promote inclusion or widen participation, despite steadfast efforts to develop talent and improve coaching practices and structures. Robert Lake examines these themes in the context of the global development of tennis and important processes of commercialisation and professional and social development that have shaped both tennis and wider society. The social history of tennis in Britain is a microcosm of late-nineteenth and twentieth-century British social history: sustained class power and class conflict; struggles for female emancipation and racial integration; the decline of empire; and, Britain's shifting relationship with America, continental Europe, and Commonwealth nations. This book is important and fascinating reading for anybody with an interest in the history of sport or British social history.


Jim Nasium Is A Tennis Mismatch

RRP $11.95

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Despite his name, ten-year-old Jim Nasium is no all-star athlete. But he's determined to find the right sport for him in this hilarious and wacky chapter book adventure! This time he's trying his uncoordinated hand at tennis in order to impress a girl.

About the Author

Marty McKnight is a freelance writer from St. Paul, Minnesota. He has written several chapter books for young readers.

About the Illustrator

Chris Jones is a Canadian based children's illustrator. He enjoys telling stories visually, and his colourful style focuses on humour and expressiveness. Chris, graduate of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD), has worked as both a graphic designer and an illustrator. His illustrations appear in several magazines and educational publications, and he also has numerous creator owned graphic novels and children's books to his credit. Chris is a member and volunteer with the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Chris is inspired by good music, good books, long walks, and generous amounts of coffee.


Tennis's Strangest Matches

RRP $19.99

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In this hugely entertaining collection of stories taken from over a hundred years of world tennis history, award-winning sports historian Peter Seddon has gathered together the most extraordinary events ever to occur on a tennis court. They include the Wimbledon final between the tea-drinking vicar and a convicted murderer, and the 'Match of the Century' between the 'Women's Libber' and the 'Male Chauvinist Pig'. There are matches played on board ship and on the wings of an airborne plane, a game played in full regimental dress, and meet the player who rated himself so highly he played an entire match while carrying someone 'piggy-back'. The stories in this book are bizarre, fascinating, hilarious, and, most importantly, true.

Revised, redesigned and updated for a new generation of tennis fanatics, this book is a unique look at the curiosities of an endlessly popular sport, revealing the 'strawberries and cream' game as you've never seen it before.

About the Author

Peter Seddon is a well-known and highly experienced author, responsible for numerous titles including three books in the successful Strangest... series. Other publications include Football Talk, A Football Companion and The Little Book of Derby County, as well as a comprehensive biography of Derby County legend Steve Bloomer (Peter is a lifelong Rams fan).



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