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Sep 12 2009

Life as a Pro, Pettman to offer his insight in new book

While the Shanghai Masters is taking centre stage at the moment, I have some exciting news to bring you today regarding a new book currently being written by world number 37 Stuart Pettman. Not only that, but thanks to Graeme Kay who has helped to arrange this, I will be posting extracts from the book here at PSB…

Entries so far:

  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March

About Stuart

For those of you are perhaps not so familiar with his career, Stuart has now been a professional for almost 18 years and last season enjoyed an excellent campaign which saw him climb 25 places in the rankings – more than any other player. As a result not only is he now at a career high position of number 37, but in 31st on my latest provisional rankings is in with a real chance of breaking into the top 32 for the first time at the end of 2009/10.

The Book

So what is the book about? While it will be written over the course of the upcoming season, coming to a conclusion at the World Championship, the book is not aiming to be merely a diary but at the same time it is not quite an autobiography either.

Instead it is hoped that the book will offer a fascinating insight into the life of a tour professional, covering some of the many experiences both from his past and also what now promises to be arguably his most important season yet…

Our involvement

Thanks to both Stuart and Graeme, over the course of the new season I will be posting extracts from each month of the book exclusively here on PSB for you to read.

If you have any comments to make on the article, any suggestions or anything else that you would like to say, then please feel free to do so at the bottom of the page. All feedback is hugely appreciated and your ideas will be considered as the writing of the book continues.

If however you would like to ask Stuart something more specific, you can also email him direct at pettman142@gmail.com.

  • jules

    I can hardly see this book being an eye opener,for a player with little experience on the big stage,what can he possibly enlighten us with?!

  • Elin

    Jules: Being a professional snooker player is still a very unusual thing and he gives us an insight in the snooker world that we otherwise wouldn’t get. I think we should be grateful that someone documents the sport and the life as a snooker star. After all it is something that hasn’t been done before (I think?).

  • Paul

    I think it should be a fascinating insight into the world of the “Journeyman Pro”, albeit, a player on the climb, after 18 years as a pro! For me, a more interesting idea would be to include a number of players (old and new), contributing a chapter apiece, thus giving diversifying perceptions into the life on the circuit of the snooker professional.
    As a snooker lover, I would be interested in Stuart’s book.

  • Martin

    Such a book doesn’t need to be a name checker. Anyone with that length of experience (in the slightly lower rankings) shouldn’t be questioned on their authority to write this book and still have a few good stories. But i wouldn’t expect anything too political or controversial opinions about Snooker especially after a lot of the recent changes and upheaval.