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Part memoir, part history, part entertainment, Vulnerable in Hearts is a meditation on how we communicate; why we play games; and the ways in which we love.Sandy Balfour's father and the game of contract bridge were both conceived in 1925. Vulnerable in Hearts spans the eight decades of Tom Balfour's life and the same period in the epic story of bridge's spread around the world. Sandy Balfour's poignant and beguiling book traces both journeys to explore the relationships between a game and an empire (and the rules that supported it); and a father and a son.

Vulnerable in hearts - Sandy Balfour

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Title
Vulnerable in hearts - a memoir of fathers, sons and contract bridge
Author
Sandy Balfour
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Atlantic Books
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20060511

Part memoir, part history, part entertainment, Vulnerable in Hearts is a meditation on how we communicate; why we play games; and the ways in which we love.Sandy Balfour's father and the game of contract bridge were both conceived in 1925. Vulnerable in Hearts spans the eight decades of Tom Balfour's life and the same period in the epic story of bridge's spread around the world. Sandy Balfour's poignant and beguiling book traces both journeys to explore the relationships between a game and an empire (and the rules that supported it); and a father and a son.

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Sandy Balfour was born in South Africa and emigrated to Britain in 1983. He is an award-winning television producer and the author of the acclaimed Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose (8): A memoir of love, exile and crosswords (2003); Vulnberable in Hearts: A Memoir of Fathers, Sons and Contract Bridge (2005) and I Say Nothing (3) (2006).

Balfour's double theme works beautifully and he remembers his last conversations with his dying father, 'as they had always been, coded, cautious, and full of silences... like the bidding in bridge.
Observer

Instructive, entertaining (very) and at times quite poignant.
The Times

Once again I approach a Sandy Balfour book in almost total ignorance of the subject matter and once again I am drawn in, beguiled, intrigued.
Daily Mail

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Contract bridge - History.|Bridge players - Scotland - Biography.|Fathers and sons.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
279

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