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Description - On Being John McEnroe by Tim Adams

The greatest sports stars characterised their times. They also help to tell us who we are. John McEnroe, at his best and worst, told us the story if the eighties. His improvised quest for tennis perfection, and his inability to find a way to grow up, dramatised the volatile self absorption of a generation. His matches were open therapy sessions, and they allowed us all to be armchair shrinks. Tim Adams sets out to explore what it might have meant to be John McEnroe during those times, and in his subsequent lives, and to define exactly what it is we want from our sporting heroes- how we require them to play out our own dramas; how the best of them provide an intensity by which we can measure our own lives.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780224069625
ISBN-10: 0224069624
Format: Paperback
(165mm x 106mm x 10mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Yellow Jersey Press
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Jun-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Tim Adams

Tim Adams has been an editor at Granta and literary editor of the Observer, where he now writes full-time. An occasional tennis correspondent and scratchy parks player, he once lost in straight sets to Martin Amis and served a whole game of double faults to Annabel Croft. He lives in London.