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Tennis and the Masai

(1986)
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Take a nervous young Englishman on his gap year. Drop him into a ghastly Kenya prep school in the middle of Rider Haggard country. A school where cricketing news comes by carrier pigeon, leopards are assaulted with a red-hot poker, and runaway boys are hunted down with spearmen and a pack of foxhounds...

For Martin Riddle, the experience is unforgettable. For the riding mistress, Lady Bullivant, it is all part of the day's work. And for the headmaster, a disreputable ex-Guards officer, it is simply a means of staving off bankruptcy for a few more weeks.

As for the Masai, tennis may be on the curriculum at Haggard Hall, but midnight meetings with naked warriors definitely are not!

'The funniest book I have read since David Lodge's Small World' - Sunday Times

'Wickedly funny' - Daily Mail

'Less savage than Evelyn Waugh, Best is every bit as sharp... an immensely enjoyable book' - Evening Standard

'Very good entertainment' - Sir Alec Guinness
(Sunday Times book of the year)

    

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March 1986 : UK Hardback
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Title: Tennis and the Masai
Author(s): Nicholas Best
ISBN: 0-09-163770-8 / 978-0-09-163770-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
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May 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Tennis and the Masai
Author(s): Nicholas Best
ISBN: 1-909609-16-1 / 978-1-909609-16-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Thistle Publishing
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May 1987 : UK Paperback
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Title: Tennis and the Masai
Author(s): Nicholas Best
ISBN: 0-09-950370-0 / 978-0-09-950370-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
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May 2013 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Tennis and the Masai
Author(s): Nicholas Best
Publisher: Thistle Publishing
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