Cultural history of tennis from Serpent's Tail

Cultural history of tennis from Serpent's Tail

Serpent's Tail has acquired a new non-fiction book on the cultural history of tennis by Elizabeth Wilson.

Love Game: A History of Tennis, from Victorian Pastime to Global Phenomenon, explores the history of the sport, from its roots as a genteel hobby to global TV spectacle, looking at the innovations and personalities that have shaped it.

World rights to the book were bought in a deal with Faith Evans at Faith Evans Associates.

Pete Ayrton, editor at Serpent's Tail, said: "As the nation comes to terms with having to embrace a winner, something our national psyche is ill-prepared for, the points scored by Elizabeth Wilson's brilliant Love Game come sharply into focus. From the abject sexism of a BBC commentator's dismissal of Marion Bartoli as 'not a looker' to the elision of Murray's Scottishness, the issues raised by the book hit home. Money, sex, nation and race are key themes in this ground-breaking book that is as powerful as a Janowicz serve and as subtle as a Federer drop-shot."

Wilson is a writer and researcher who has written books about feminism and popular culture, as well as a series of crime novels for Serpent's Tail.