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May 28, Martin rated it liked it Shelves: He wrote of George Saintsbury: Second, it contains a few comments that may benefit bamesmanship gamesman. He described himself in The Times in as “one whose sole contribution to world thought has been the naming and description of the form of behaviour now known as gamesmanship”. Potter’s last works went in new directions.

If that fails, one can fall back to trying to win the gamesgame winning despite losing, by convincing the opponent that you are the superior player but lost for a fluke, or by winning the favor of the spectators, etc.

On publication of Lifemanship potted critic Richard Usborne wrote to Potter protesting that this stratagem had been invented not by the mysterious Mr.


He was a leading player of the club’s idiosyncratic version of snookerand some of his later “gamesmanship” ploys are thought to have originated in the Savile’s games room. The knock-up showed that, so far as play was concerned, Joad and I, optter for Birkbeck, had no chance. Potter is a brilliant, dry wit, and understatedly so.


A First Studythe first book-length work on Lawrencewhich appeared in print within a few days of the death of its subject, unfortunate timing because it seemed like an inadequate memorial rather than what it was intended to be, a critical reappraisal.

It is a pleasure to discover or rediscover the United States in this company, for the author is gameamanship most literate of humorists. There have been five hundred books written on the subject of games. Leslie Philips and co. My favourite section, you will not be surprised to hear, is the one on chess.

My least favourite of the series, but that may in part be due to the fact that I always hated organised sports. Potter replied, “My God, have I got it wrong? As he reached school-leaving age he wrote in his diary, “If this war doesn’t end soon I shall have to join the beastly army and lay down my blooming life gamesmanshi my blinking country. Light, and oh, so much fun. Aug 06, sardit rated it liked it Shelves: Potter gives the example of how he has never won a chess match, but is considered to be an excellent player by his friends.

Theory & Practice of Gamesmanship by Stephen Potter

Of course a lot of it is considerably dated, but I think it alongside ” and all that” should be part of gamesmansjip school curriculum – helping people to understand what was a key part of British culture around the time of the two wars. Views Read Edit View history.

Smith sent a double fault to me, and another double fault to Joad. Humorists English people Broadcasters deaths ;otter critics. Five hundred books on play and the tactics of play. Sep 02, Brother Grimley added it. Essays on the Etymology of Words from Nature.


This manuscript consists of a bunch of marginal articles, written during the past six years and slung together with the minimum of care. Books by Stephen Potter. Heinz under the title The Magic Numberand his autobiography of his first 20 years, Steps to Immaturity.

Dec 31, Valerie added it. Sep 08, Frank Hoppe rated it really liked it Shelves: I didn’t find this one quite as funny as the other Stephen Potter books. Aug 19, dusty.

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Dated and extremely British but sprinkled with a few chuckles and laughs. Our opponents were usually young men from the larger colleges, competing against us not only with the advantage of age but also with a decisive advantage in style.

Almost as funny as it used to gamesmqnship. Indeed, the makers of the film seem to have shared my opinion, coming off the manipulation at the end in favour of such values as generosity, honesty etc, just so the film could have a Stephen Potter was all the rage in the late s, and there was a film based on his books starring Terry Thomas. Joad during a game of tennis in which Joad games,anship Potter were struggling against two fit young students.