Black Farce and Cue Ball Wizards

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The controversial inside story of the ups and downs of snooker by expert Clive Everton

Throughout its checkered history, snooker has had more than its fair share of heroes and villains, champions and chumps, rascals and rip-off artists. In the last 25 years, every sleazy scandal imaginable has attached itself to this raffish sport: corruption, match fixing, bribery, sex, recreational drugs, performance-enhancing drugs, ballot rigging, fraud, theft, domestic violence, common-or-garden violence, paranoid politicking, dirty tricks—all against a background of inept petty tsars fixated on the pursuit, retention, and abuse of power. Here, Clive Everton recounts the glory and despair, the dreams and disillusion, and the treachery and greed that have characterized the game since it was invented as an innocent diversion by British Army officers in India in the 19th century. He tells the true and unexpurgated tale of snooker's transformation into a television success story second only to football, and exposes how its potential has been shamefully squandered.


Clive Everton is the BBC's senior snooker commentator. He has published and edited Snooker Scene magazine since 1971 and has been snooker correspondent for the Guardian since 1976.