Topic: Stuart Pettman - As sometimes seen on TV

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Tony Beetham (Preston & District Snooker League) | Posted on Monday, March 7, 2011

I have just finished reading a draft of Preston Snooker Professional Stuart Pettman's new book titled "As sometimes Seen on TV".
In it you won't find the secrets of how to become world champion but what you will find is a candid account of life as a Professional Snooker Player as he juggles his time between running the Elite Snooker Club and competing at the highest level.
The book covers his journey from leaving school with nothing but a determination to make a living out of snooker to the present day environment after Barry Hearns grabbed the sport by the scruff of the neck.
Through the pages Stuart recounts the successes and the failures with an honesty that I found totally absorbing.
The pages are littered with amusing anecdotes which can't fail to raise a smile.
Priced at 9.99 and available from Waterstones (Preston) and the Elite Snooker Club, Lostock Hall, I can heartily recommend it.
Tony Beetham
Preston & District Snooker League
Ricki Slack (Darley Dale and District Orme Snooker League) | Posted on Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I'll keep an eye out for its release as nothing on the Waterstones website that I can find at the moment. I've been collecting autobiographies and snooker literature for a few years now but the problem is getting time to actually read them all!
Tony Beetham (Preston & District Snooker League) | Posted on Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I have just had an email from Graeme Kay who is organising the shipping of the books from the far east. He says that they have been dispatched with Finnair so should be in the Elite Snooker Club soon.
The price is 8.99 and not 9.99 as I wrote previously.
Apparently I have jumped the gun in saying that they are on sale at Waterstones.
This deal has not been concluded yet so they may not be in the shop for a couple of weeks. But trust's worth waiting for!
Tony Beetham (Preston & District Snooker League) | Posted on Friday, March 18, 2011

At last, I have had notification that the book will be available to order online from and from Waterstones in Preston from Monday 21st March 2011.
For those who can't wait that long it is available now from The Elite Snooker Club, Units 11-12 Tardy Gate Mill, Lostock Hall, Preston.
Ricki Slack (Darley Dale and District Orme Snooker League) | Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2011

Just got around to reading this, and can say it was very entertaining and a worthwhile purchase.

There are quite a few pages covering club snooker due to Stuart being the owner of such an establishment. And so its quite easy to relate to alot of the characters and happenings, even though they may be in slightly different guises at each of our own clubs!!

Plus there are a few useful hints on playing the game too, certainly I picked something Stuart mentions up that has probably helped correct a certain fault of mine.

And generally it follows Stuart around the tournaments during the season covering the ups and downs of a journeyman pro if I may use that phrase!!

Must admit it made me laugh where theres a quote from someone having seen a match on TV saying it was Mark Williams against "some crap bloke" but I think thats how the general public tend to portray alot of the unknown faces that suddenly appear and are thrown out of kilter by the fast cloths, TV lights and bigger audiences!!

Also enjoyed reading the Joe Davis book too "The Breaks Came My Way", fascinating how folk were still watching one of his exhibitions in Coventry while bombs were dropping all around them.

Hopefully the rest of my snooker books I have to read will be as good as these two (though judging by some reports that may be wishful thinking lol).
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