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For much of the past decade, William Skidelsky has not been able to stop thinking about Roger Federer, the greatest and most graceful tennis player of all time. It's a devotion that has been all-consuming.

In Federer and Me, Skidelsky asks what it is about the Swiss star that transfixes him, and countless others. He dissects the wonders of his forehand, reflects on his rivalry with Nadal, revels in his victories and relives his most crushing defeats.

But this is more than just a book about Federer. In charting his obsession, Skidelsky explores the evolution of modern tennis, the role of beauty in sport and the psychology of fandom, weaving his own past into the story.

Thought-provoking and beautifully written, Federer and Me is a frank, funny and touching account of one fan's life.

©2015 William Skidelsky (P)2015 Random House Audiobooks

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I learnt more about the author than Federer!

I love tennis and love Federer so was a bit disappointed that the book is more about the author than the tennis player! I found it all pretty interesting though, the author is very eloquent and had an interesting childhood and adolescence, he was very open and honest about mental health and lapses of judgment. He gives some good insights into the history and development of tennis and it was nice to see that a lot of my feelings towards Nadal are shared by many others including the author however the book really should be updated to include the last couple of years, 2017 especially. I was also disappointed that the author has only briefly met Federer twice so there were no anecdotes or personal information

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It was ok but it was not much about roger federer

I like the story but it is not fully about the subject federe and me