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Prize Winner

Playing the Moldovans at Tennis

by Tony Hawks

Category: Travel & Holiday / Travel Writing
Publisher: Ebury Press
Publication date: 4 January 2001
Number of pages: 248
Prizes: Shortlisted for Samuel Johnson Prize 2000.

Description:
Tony and Arthur are watching the football match between England and Moldova. The conversation turns to tennis. Arthur vowing that most natural sportsmen could pick up a racket and, play a good game. And so a childish bet was proffered that Tony couldn't play all of the Moldovan national football team at tennis and beat them all.

Review:
For a man who a couple of years earlier hitchhiked round Ireland accompanied only by a fridge in order to win a 100 bet, taking on the entire Moldovan football team (one at a time) at tennis was only a tiny, imaginative step away. But just tracking down the team proved fraught with difficulties, not least of which were acquiring a smattering of Romanian, negotiating food poisoning and navigating his way around authorities not necessarily itching to help. And to cap it all, Hawks finds himself going to Israel to play the last of his games. Here's an amusing story of a journey with a purpose, which proves it's not the winning but the taking part that counts. (Kirkus UK)

What the papers say:
'Even if you hate tennis and couldn't find Moldova on the map, you'll be charmed. Utterly recommended', FHM .'Surprisingly touching as well as incredibly funny', The Oxford Times .'I expected to find this book funny, which it is; I didn't expect to find it illuminating and rather moving, which it is too', Daily Mail .'This immensely readable account, enriched with moments of true hilarity is, quite honestly, a bit of a gem', Living Abroad Magazine

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