He Played For His Wife... Poker has grown into one of the most popular sports in the world, with millions playing online, while the drama it creates has made it a natural subject for film-makers and writers such as John Steinbeck. Now Anthony Holden, author of the poker classic Big Deal, has brought together some of the best original new writing on poker in this wonderful collection of superb short stories.He Played For His Wife... And Other Stories features contributions from Patrick Marber, Jennifer Tilly, Neil Pearson and David Flusfeder as well as from Holden himself, while Al Alvarez is writing the Preface. There is also a poem from Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. The book is essential reading for all poker fans, and for anyone who wants to get a revealing insight into human nature.Praise for Poems that Make Grown Men Cry: 'This is a really thought-provoking book...The range of contributors leads to a wonderful range of verse. And the overall result is a wonderfully powerful and moving experience' The Times 'Everyone who reads this collection will be roused: disturbed by the pain, exalted in the zest for joy given by poets' Observer 'We recall the time at school when our treasured anthology of love poetry was seized by the class bully...if only we had been armed with a copy of Poems The Make Grown Men Cry' Times Literary SupplementÃ¢
Anthony Holden is an award-winning journalist who has published more than 30 books, including biographies of Laurence Olivier, Tchaikovsky and Shakespeare. He has published translations of opera, ancient Greek plays and poetry. His son Ben is a writer and film producer. He was director of European Film and Television at Exclusive Media, where he helped relaunch Britain's most famous film production label, Hammer. Anthony and Ben both live in London.