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Real Tennis Today and Yesterday (hardback edition) John Shneerson Real Tennis Today and Yesterday is a fascinating account of tennis from its origins to the present, which tells how and why it spread across Europe, America and Australia to become the game it is today. It looks at the countries where tennis was and is played, how history and technology have shaped the game and the important people who have played and influenced this wonderful sport. Attractively presented with over 600 illustrations, this book provides new answers to many of tennis's mysteries.

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Real Tennis Today and Yesterday (library edition) John Shneerson This leather-bound library edition of John Shneerson's book is limited to 50 signed copies and would make a superb addition to any Real Tennis collection. Sold out!
The First & the Foremost Kathryn McNicoll The world championship of tennis for men, dating back to around 1740, is believed to be the oldest championship of any sport in the world. The challenge format is at least 150 years old and has led to some intense personal encounters.
The championship for women was inaugurated just 25 years ago for which a knock-out tournament was selected.
This book vividly recounts these clashes between the best players in the world, helping to preserve the colour and character of the champions before they fade into history.
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Njinga: Breaking the Cycle Kate Leeming When Kate Leeming is not being a Tennis Professional in Melbourne, she is travelling the world on her bicycle. Njinga, Breaking the Cycle, is the story of her astonishing 22,000 kilometre trek by bicycle across Africa. Over and over again it reveals the truth of Africa and its diverse people and cultures, a perspective gained by an intrepid explorer who has cycled the equivalent of twice around the world. £24.00
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The Tennis Courts of Lyon Richard Travers Although real tennis was part of life in Lyon from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century, there has until now been no systematic survey, either in French or English, of the eighteen tennis courts in Lyon and the people who played on them. This book makes use of much previously unexplored archival material and reveals the sensational events surrounding the publication of Mannevieux?s important treatise on the game in 1783 and the fate of the remarkable man who wrote it. Information on the alternative uses to which tennis courts were put; digressions into topics such as the game of mall; the important role of women in tennis - all these make this book a fascinating study.

Limited hardback edition of 300 numbered copies.

Richard has published this volume independently; however, copies are available from Ronaldson Publications to customers in the UK and continental Europe.
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How To Really Play Tennis Graham Hyland Graham Hyland was the most gifted real tennis player of his generation. Spectators would be charmed by his grace, his agility and his artistry while rivals would fear humiliation at his hands in major tournaments. Graham has now written a beautiful book on real tennis, one which matches his individuality and style. He starts by chronicling his encounters with the characters and champions of his and former eras, then goes on to give some sound advice on how to play the game, distilled from his 38 years as a professional. He concludes with an interesting and controversial selection of his greatest players ever.

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Graham has published this volume independently, but copies are available through Ronaldson Publications.
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The First Beautiful Game: Stories of Obsession in Real Tennis Roman Krznaric Bent rackets, painted crowns, penthouses and giraffes. Hand-stitched balls that ricochet around a court shaped like a medieval cloister. Fanatical players dedicated to a sport that has hardly changed in four centuries. Welcome to real tennis.

The First Beautiful Game tells the personal stories behind real tennis, the ancient forerunner of lawn tennis. Its obsessives and eccentrics reveal why they play this extraordinary sport, what it means to them, and the unexpected lessons they have learned about ambition, passion, respect and love.

Roman Krznaric is a former journalist and academic who now researches and writes on the art of living. He is one of the top ten amateur real tennis players in the world. Visit his website at www.romankrznaric.com.

'This book is the first to capture the real spirit of the game and its players. It's unique.' - Rob Fahey, Real Tennis World Champion

'This is much more than an enchanting guide to the game of kings. Whatever your favourite sports may be, Roman Krznaric shows you how to expand the enjoyment you derive from them. A warm and imaginative book, full of surprises.' - Theodore Zeldin, author of An Intimate History of Humanity

The print edition has now sold out, but the First Beautiful Game is now available on Amazon in a Kindle edition.

Published 2006
Last few copies! Please email us to purchase it. Kindle edition now available on Amazon.
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Tennis - A Cut Above the Rest Chris Ronaldson Chris Ronaldson was World Champion of Real Tennis (Royal Tennis in Australia, Court Tennis in the USA) from 1981 to 1987. There was no up-to-date coaching manual on the game so, in 1984, Chris decided to write a book from his own experience as a club professional. It was published in 1985 and has sold over 2000 copies. It is divided into three parts: an explanation of the game, the court, and the equipment, a coaching manual, and an autobiographical section.

This is still considered the best book for someone coming fresh to the game. An unexpected result of the publication was that other authors, unable to interest commercial firms to produce books on a minority sport, approached "RonPubs" to publish their books.

5th Edition now out in paperback - £15.00
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The Bandies of Fortune: Perceptions of Real Tennis from Medieval to Modern Times Geoffrey Hiller Real tennis has undergone an astonishingly varied reputation through the ages ? from the serious to the frivolous, the virtuous to the immoral, the healthy to the unhealthy, the heroic to the effeminate. The Bandies of Fortune is a scholarly appraisal of the social status of tennis through the ages as seen through the writings of poets, dramatists and imaginative prose writers. Through literary works we can glean evidence of how the game was perceived and of contemporary attitudes to it.

This book examines how writers of different periods have enriched and enlivened their work through tennis imagery, metaphor, and analogy. Additionally, an Index to Allusions to Tennis in English Literature lists every literary reference to real tennis known by the author from the fourteenth century to the present ? by far the most comprehensive catalogue of its kind to date.

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The Royal Game Editors: Butler & Wordie A fascinating collection of essays published to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Falkland Palace.

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Real Tennis Kathryn McNicoll

Produced by Shire Publications and authored by our own Kathryn McNicoll, this book is an ideal starting guide to Real Tennis.

Whether you're a newcomer to the game, bewildered by the huge Tennis subculture, or a die-hard fan with a handicap of 20 and a fervent desire to find out more about the variations played around the world, this book is for you!

A Great Christmas present for any of your friends who do not yet play Real Tennis.

Published 2006

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The Royal Tennis Court David Best The tennis court at Hampton Court Palace is probably the most famous in the world, and certainly has the most colourful history. It is strikingly associated with King Henry VIII, who wagered much there and lost, with Charles I who rebuilt it, with Charles II and William III who altered it, and with George I who converted it to a drawing room. David Best chronicles the history, dealing with the most important matches that have been played thereincluding the World Championships. He also recounts the exploits of the many diverse and, occasionally, eccentric personages who have been associated with the court over the centuries.

The author's research has taken him all over London, uncovering a wealth of material that is new to the tennis fraternity. The result is a fascinating book, covering nearly 500 years from the era when Hampton Court Palace was Cardinal Wolsey's private palace up to the present day.

Published 2003

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The Official Story of the Tennis and Rackets Association David Best NEW LIMITED EDITION - leather-bound
David Best's history of the T&RA, written to celebrate the Association's centenary in 2007, chronicles its history from that boom period through two world wars, the Great Depression and dwindling media interest in the game to the encouraging growth in the last two decades of the twentieth century. We are proud to present a special limited edition of this book with a leather-bound cover, marbled end papers and gilt-edged leaves, with each copy signed by the author.
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