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  • Published: 15 August 2016
  • ISBN: 9780224100533
  • Imprint: Yellow Jersey
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $22.99

Federer and Me

A Story of Obsession




A story of tennis, obsession and Roger Federer for tennis fans and the general reader alike.

A story of tennis, obsession and Roger Federer for tennis fans and the general reader alike.

For much of the past decade, William Skidelsky has not been able to stop thinking about Roger Federer, the greatest and most graceful tennis player of all time. A devotion has been all-consuming.


In Federer and Me, Skidelsky asks what it is about the Swiss star that transfixes him, and countless others. He dissects the wonders of his forehand, reflects on his rivalry with Nadal, revels in his victories and relives his most crushing defeats.


But this is more than just a book about Federer. In charting his obsession, Skidelsky explores the evolution of modern tennis, the role of beauty in sport and the psychology of fandom, weaving his own past into the story.


Thought-provoking and beautifully written, Federer and Me is a frank, funny and touching account of one fan's life.
‘A splendid deconstruction of Federer’s technique’ Sunday Times

  • Pub date: 15 August 2016
  • ISBN: 9780224100533
  • Imprint: Yellow Jersey
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

William Skidelsky

William Skidelsky has been literary editor of the Observer and the New Statesman as well as deputy editor of Prospect magazine. He has written about tennis for the Observer, Prospect and The Economist. He played tennis to county level as a junior and now plays at a club in south-east London, where he is first team captain. He lives in London with his wife and two children.


Praise for Federer and Me

“Hilarious... Thought-provoking”

Matt Williams, BBC Radio 2 Simon Mayo Drivetime

“Thought-provoking, instructive and highly readable. Positively gripping”

Simon Oâ??Hagan, Independent

“Skidelsky is excellent at deconstructing the appeal of Federer … This is the kind of book that sports fans will read over the summer, sitting in their gardens or in the stands of the All England Club, with a bowl of strawberries near at hand. It is gentle and wise, discursive but pointed”

Matthew Syed, The Times

“Brave… Engaging… Ultimately poignant”

Edmund Gordon, Spectator

“With clarity he illuminates the champion’s striking position as both a preserver and innovator of the sport”

Laurence Scott, Financial Times

“A splendid deconstruction of Federer’s technique”

Ed Smith, Sunday Times

“Compelling. Its excellent chapters on the technical changes in the game, the rivalry with Nadal and the relationship between sport and beauty are well worth the admission money”

Simon Barnes, Newsweek

“Skidelsky also knows that Federer’s tennis is more than just Federer’s tennis; but for him it is not a metaphor, rather something which has been absorbed into the texture and meaning of his own life”

Julian Barnes, Guardian

“Examines the evolution of modern tennis, the role of beauty in sport and the psychology of fandom”

National

“It’s a dry comic look at devotion to sport”

Forever Sports

“This is tennis’s answer to Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch… The book is particularly strong on Federer’s place in tennis history”

Simon Kuper, Financial Times

“Very enjoyable biography-cum-autobiography...this is a good book. Skidelsky has a feel for words, for the length of sentences and for tennis. The “sporty one” has finally proved himself”

Simon Kuper, New Statesman

“Thought-provoking and beautifully written, Federer and Me is a frank, funny and touching account of one fan’s life”

Miss Dinky

“Hooked: from opening lob to final shot”

Kevin Mitchell, Observer

“Skidelsky explores the evolution of modern tennis, the role of beauty in sport and the psychology of fandom, weaving his own past into the story”

Gransnet


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