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This is a very tongue in cheek book about gamesmanship.

Merton College Register He does this by, for example, resigning a few moves into the game saying “well, I suppose I have no choice to resign. Sep 08, John Carncross rated it it was amazing.

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Indeed, the makers of the film seem to have shared my opinion, coming off the manipulation at the end in favour of such values as generosity, honesty etc, just so the film could have a Stephen Potter was all the rage in the late s, and there was a film based on his books starring Terry Thomas. There are two reasons for this. One of the funniest “non fiction” texts I have read.

One of the greatest and funniest books ever written by an Englishman. The ball had hit the back netting twelve feet behind him before touching the ground. Smith at S 1 see figure is about to cross over to serve to me at P.


Books by Stephen Potter. Oh, I don’t know, I rather like a good bit of old-fashioned vulgarity. I just love this book. There is nothing more putting off to young university players than a slight suggestion that their etiquette or sportsmanship is in question.

Despite being 70 years old, it could have been written this morning. Heinz under the title The Magic Numberand his autobiography tamesmanship his first 20 years, Steps to Immaturity. Not extraordinary but good.

His publisher was doubtful about the latter, but it was well received. It is also wise to remind the gamesman of the Golden Rule, even if such talk of an gamesmabship of reciprocity might occasionally throw him off his game. I recommend this book to everybody. I well remember the gritty floor and the damp roller-towels of the changing-room where the idea of writing this book came to me.


As in any practical manual, the principles are stated and concisely illustrated. For the student must realize ste;hen these two young men were both in the highest degree charming, well-mannered young men, perfect in their sportsmanship and behaviour. There were two sons of the marriage. They are all about how to manipulate people and put them down.

It does however have some serious points to make about getting the upper hand without being obvious.

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Languages Svenska Edit links. Jan 31, Dave Leys rated it it was amazing. Joad during a game of tennis in which Joad and Potter were struggling against two fit young students. Views Read Edit View history. In other projects Wikiquote. As he reached school-leaving age stepen wrote in his diary, “If this war doesn’t end soon I shall have to join the beastly army and lay down my blooming life for my blinking country.


In one match we found ourselves opposite a couple of particularly tall and athletic young men of this type from University College. gamesmanshjp

Theory & Practice of Gamesmanship by Stephen Potter

In a way I think it fits in with English middle-class feelings of insecurity after the Second World War, with the welfare state and trade-union power building up around them. Gamesmanshipor stephsn fully, The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship: Leslie Philips and co. Otherwise you’re not missing out if you skip it. They got involved with the running of Britten’s Aldeburgh Festivaland “every summer Britten, Peter Pears, and the Potters formed the nucleus of countless tennis parties on the grass court at the Red House.

Sep 08, Frank Hoppe rated it really liked it Shelves: May 19, Linda Nagle rated tamesmanship it was amazing. Funny, what I read of it, maybe half.