Page extent: 96
ISBN: 9781783198344
Binding: PaperBack

The Mighty Walzer

Simon Bent, Howard Jacobson

PaperBack (30 Jun 2016)

Oliver Walzer is shy, bookish, Jewish. He doesn’t know how to talk to girls. But he can slice, flick and spin a ping pong ball better than any teenager in Manchester. Oliver channels his frustrated adolescent lust into the game he loves. That is until the heartbreaking Lorna Peachley and the prospect of a place at Cambridge take his eye off the ball.

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ISBN13 9781783198344
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 96


'The Mighty Walzer: a very funny, messily authentic portrait of adolescence... Bent’s adaptation captures much of the rich Yiddish vernacular and zippy, self-deprecating gallows humour in Jacobson’s novel.' The Telegraph ★★★★

'there’s a full-flavoured wit and luminous humanity in the writing' The Times ★★★★

'I'm glad that writer Howard Jacobson lent us his story of The Mighty Walzer and even happier that this adaptation by Simon Bent has turned a funny novel into an even funnier play.' What's On Stage ★★★★

'Jacobson's ping-pong comedy is a smash on stage... Loose-limbed, semi-autobiographical novels do not necessarily transfer easily to the stage, but Simon Bent’s adaptation is the happy occurrence of a fine novelist and an equally experienced playwright putting their heads together.' The Guardian ★★★★