On Snooker

Publisher: Vintage Canada
From his youthful days as a poolroom hustler, playing truant from Baron Byng High School, Mordecai Richler remained a snooker devotee. Here, in his inimitable style, he delves into that eccentric world with pith and perception. Outrageously funny, passionate and thoroughly researched on snooker tables from Montreal to Dublin, On Snooker takes us on an entertaining journey through the story and world of snooker, and introduces us to the game’s great players and bad boy champions. It is a book that lovers of great sports writing will cherish, from a masterful storyteller.


Clive Everton, snookerdoom's Rashi, once pronounced on two of the game's stalwarts, Cliff Thorburn and Kirk Stevens, both Canadian born and bred, declaring them long-standing chums. "Stevens was a mere twelve-year-old," wrote the affable Everton in the monthly journal Snooker Scene, "when he...
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“[A] fan of the first magnitude…[Richler] has given us the most interesting and thought-provoking book on snooker ever written.... On Snooker is essential reading.” -- Pool & Billiard Magazine

On Snooker conveys both a sportswriter’s sensibility and a kind of wide-eyed enthusiasm for the game, tempered by Richler’s skewered wit and occasional broadside against the forces of banality, stupidity and political correctness.” -- The Hamilton Spectator

On Snooker is pure joy.” -- The Chronicle Herald

"Unlike snooker and baseball, a perfect book is probably a mug’s dream. But On Snooker comes very close.” -- The Edmonton Journal

On Snooker is vintage Richler.” -- The Globe and Mail

“As with John Updike on golf and Norman Mailer on boxing, so Richler on snooker.” -- The Observer