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  • Published: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446413272
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400
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The Mighty Walzer




From the beginning Oliver Walzer is a natural - at ping-pong. Even with his improvised bat (the Collins Classic edition of DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE) he can chop, flick, half-volley like a champion. At sex he is not a natural, being shy and frightened of women, but with tuition from Sheeny Waxman, fellow member of the Akiva Social Club Table Tennis team, his game improves. And while the Akiva boys teach him everything he needs to know about ping-pong, his father, Joel Walzer, teaches him everything there is to know about 'swag'. Unabashedly autobiographical, this is an hilarious and heartbreaking story of one man's coming of age in 1950's Manchester. It is Howard Jacobson's masterpiece.

  • Pub date: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446413272
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

About the Author

Howard Jacobson

Howard Jacobson has written fifteen novels and five works of non-fiction. He won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Award in 2000 for The Mighty Walzer and then again in 2013 for Zoo Time. In 2010 he won the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question and was also shortlisted for the prize in 2014 for his most recent novel, J.

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Praise for The Mighty Walzer

“The most brilliant sporting novel ever written”

Matthew Syed, The Times


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