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- DescriptionTeenager Jolyon Jacks comes of age in the man's world of professional squash, on the worldwide 'PSA' tour. A chance game against a girl at school leads fifteen year old Jacks to Manchester, and the iron-hard, iron-willed coach, 'Sailor' McCann. Sailor wants Jolyon to abandon his rich private school education for full time squash. Jolyon opts for squash, goodbye school, in the process defying his domineering mother, who is implacably set on forcing her son to the top of the tennis tree. In a vindictive move his mother cuts him out of a vast trust fund. His grandfather says wait, we'll change our mind, but only if you make it to world squash number one...by the age of twenty one! Jolyon faces ermous hurdles in his quest, on court and off, many of his own making. There is his wild attitude to the typical temptations faced by the testoteroned teen. What does every professional athlete need before a crucial match? A good night's sleep. And what best interferes with a good night's sleep? We all kw the answer to that, Jolyon's favourite pastime. What do you NOT find promoted in the World Anti-doping Agency manual? The dense, smoky atmosphere of the illegal rave. What is Jolyon's next favourite pastime? Mixing music through megawatt sound systems...at illegal raves. Sailor uncovers a freakish physical ability in his protege. On court Jolyon is an all-conquering whirlwind. But physical ability is t eugh. How does he deal with the sublime talent of the American, Julio 'Razza' Mattaz, who is taking squash to ather level? How does he resist the machinations of ather domineering parent, Frenchman Marcel Darnaud, father of Jolyon's giant rival Armand? Finally, how does Jolyon cope with his longings for his training partner Zoe? World champion Zoe, whose interest in boys is far from certain.The story storms through to the verge of Jolyon's twenty first birthday, at the iconic Tournament of Champions in Grand Central Terminal, New York. Here his last chance is played out, off the court against dark forces, on the court against an overwhelming opponent.
- Author BiographyAubrey Waddy is perfectly placed to write a scurrilous story about a squash player. His denials about a scurrilous nature lack conviction and his playing experience is extensive. Aubrey's squash was tempered in first grade competition in Sydney and Adelaide in the early 1970s. On returning to England he reached the UK national rankings, was Hampshire county champion in 1973, 1974 and 1975 and county captain in 1980 and 1981. He resumed playing squash in 2007 after a twenty five year retirement, and his relatively low-mileage joints have allowed success in Masters competition. Aubrey gained selection for the 2011 England team that won that year's Over-60s Home International Tournament in Cardiff, and he has notched up a number of Masters wins, including the 2010 English Open Masters and the 2011 Ulster Masters. Aubrey's lifetime interest in squash gives him an unrivalled insight into the competitive player's mind. This, combined with his passion for weaving words into a story, provide the perfect writing storm for the first novel set in the high energy world of competitive professional squash.
- Author(s)Aubrey Waddy
- PublisherCaught Off Court Publishing
- Date of Publication15/12/2011
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationLittle Chalfont
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCaught Off Court Publishing
- Weight100 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
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