a Novel by John Clarke

Penguin Australia (Ringwood, VIC), November 2002
Paperback (230x152mm) $28.00
isbn 1-8770-0837-0

John Clarke, Australia’s best-loved comedian, the inventor of farnarkling and comic genius behind ABC television's The Games, is there to report on everything of interest.

This is a funny, strange and beguiling book in which, game by game and match by match, the world’s most creative players put their tennis skills to the ultimate test. A brilliant, bizarre comic novel.

If you didn’t know better you’d think this city had gone crazy. More people would be hard to imagine. The streets of Paris are full of celebrities and media, and out at the stadium the crowds are already huge as players pound the practice courts in preparation for the greatest tournament of the modern era. At the airport, where they’ve opened three more runways and put on extra staff, players and officials have been arriving like migrating birds. From all corners they’ve come, the stars of the modern game. What a line-up!

The most unusual tennis tournament in history is about to start. Albert Einstein’s seeded fourth. Chaplin, Freud and Van Gogh are also in the top rankings. World number one is Tony Chekhov. In all 128 players—everyone from Louis Armstong to George Orwell, Gertrude Stein to Coco Chanel—are going to fight it out until the exhilarating final on centre court.

The Tournament cover art

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