Playing the Moldovans at Tennisby Tony Hawks
It doesn't take much - "£100 is usually sufficient" - to persuade Tony Hawks to take off on notoriously bizarre and hilarious adventures in response to a bet. And so it is, that one afternoon in Balham, a pointless argument with a friend concludes in a bet - that Tony can't beat all eleven members of the Moldovan soccer team at tennis. As natural sportsmen, Tony's friend argues, they will beat Tony easily. "One of them," he reasons, "is bound to be very good." And with the loser of the bet agreeing to strip naked on Balham High Road and sing the Moldovan national anthem, this one was just too good to resist.
And so this was how Tony found himself embarking on an extraordinary quest which would see him travel from England to Moldova to Transnistria, Northern Ireland, and eventually to Israel, in an attempt to get Moldovan football players on to the tennis court.
The ensuing unpredictable and often hilarious adventure sees him being taken in by Moldovan gypsies and narrowly avoid kidnap in Transnistria. It sees him smuggle his way on to the Moldovan National Team coach in Coleraine and witness (almost) divine intervention in the Holy Land. And in the end, someone will strip down outside Woolworth's on Balham High Road.
In this inspiring and exceptionally funny book, Tony Hawks has done it again, proving against all odds that there is no reason in the world why you can't do something a bit stupid and prove all of your doubters wrong. Or at least that was the idea....
Author Biography: TONY HAWKS is a London-based writer and comedian who makes regular appearances on British TV and radio. Playing the Moldovans at Tennis is his second book, and if you have not already done so, he strongly urges you to buy his first book Round Ireland With a Fridge, a surreal adventure prompted by a £100 bet. Unlike most authors, Tony has singularly failed to settle down and live in the country with a wife and four children. This, however, is his ambition.
“Hawks's comedic talent comes across well in the written form...he has a breezy, witty style that makes the book extremely enjoyable...Hawks is not only a crazy comic but a keen observer of the human experience.” The San Francisco Chronicle
“This is an extremely entertaining book...A real treat for fans of the weird, the silly, and the out-of-left-field.” Booklist (starred review)
“[Hawks's] account of his travels to Moldova, Transnistria, Northern Ireland, and Israel to track down those worthy opponents may remind some readers of Bill Bryson, except that Hawks is genuinely funny and doesn't have to reach to get a laugh.” Kirkus Reviews
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Tony Hawks is a London-based writer and comedian who makes regular appearances on British TV and radio. Playing the Moldovans at Tennis is his second book, and if you have not already done so, he strongly urges you to buy his first book Round Ireland With a Fridge, a surreal adventure prompted by a £100 bet. Unlike most authors, Tony has singularly failed to settle down and live in the country with a wife and four children. This, however, is his ambition.
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Anyone familiar with Tony Hawks would expect this book to be really entertaining, and it is. 'Some have even said funnier than Bill Bryson, and I have to agree.' As if that isn't enough, it's also one of those books where the main character's horizons are broadened-- and of course, so are ours.
I had a friend that lived in the Republic of Moldova, and he suggested that I purchase the book Playing the Moldovans at Tennis. I must admit, I was hesitant at first, but after the first page you're already crying from the insanely witty humor this author possesses. Who knew a simple bet could change one man's life, and bring two completely different cultures in unison for a ride of laughter, tears, and fulfillment. Tony Hawk's Playing the Moldovans at Tennis is a must read!
This is Tony Hawks best work! I dont want to give anything away, but it is worth the read.
I picked up a paperback copy of this in London and I am so i happy I did. I lived in Moldova for over two years and he described everything I have been trying to tell my friends and family since returning. I laughed at every page.