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The Heath children have tennis running through their blood - their father and grandfather were top players - and the twins are championship material. However, to everyone's surprise, it is their lazy and rebellious younger sister, Nicky, who has the most natural ability. Nicky begins to practise in secret, but, talented at tennis as she is, she has battles to win with herself - on and off the tennis court.

©1937 Noel Streatfeild (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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  • 06-11-21

Childhood favourite

Unexpectedly more dated than other favourite Streatfeild stories. Sadly not helped by strange narration. Really struggled with a most disappointing narration. Too many weird pauses, and completely the wrong voice for this. Couldn't listen again, as I do often do with my audibles.

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  • 07-08-21

Dreadful narration

I had to listen to this at 1.25 speed to make the narration even bearable - at normal speed the narrator is slow and sounds depressed.
This book hasn't stood the test of time: the plot (what there is of it) is slight and the characters are pale reflections of those of her other books. Even Annie, the former trapeze artiste, doesn't really stand out. It lacks the sparkle of Ballet Shoes and The Circus is Coming, while the episode of the umbrellas is, by today's standards, just cruel. As the book progresses, the purpose of the Tennis House becomes more and more redundant.

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