David Bird

Peter Crawley

The Abbot's Return to Earth

David Bird
Authors:
David Bird

The pompous and self-important Abbot returns from his heroics in the Chennai Bermuda Bowl to discover that his fellow monks have taken little interest in this adventure. It is no easy matter for him to once again endure the aggravating ups and downs, familiar to us all, of life as a bridge player. The Abbot plays matches and duplicate sessions against a range of colourful opponents. How can it be that a battle-hardened veteran of the Bermuda Bowl cannot always sweep such moderate opposition aside?Claude Yorke-Smith, his overbearing brother from Devon pays the monastery a visit. The Abbot spends a week in the Convent of Hilda's and is shocked by the severe attitude of the Mother of Discipline. In the final part of the book, the Abbot is visited by his partner from Chennai, the Parrot. How will the bridge players of Hampshire react to such a feathered and outspoken opponent?Other Abbot titles by David Bird: Miracles of Card Play; Unholy Tricks; Doubled and Venerable; Cardinal Sins; The Abbot's Great Sacrifice; Heavenly Contracts; Celestial Cardplay; The Abbot and the Sensational Squeeze; Divine Intervention; The Abbot, the Witchdoctor and the Disastrous Double; The Abbot, the Parrot and the Bermuda Bowl.

Peter Crawley

The Abbot, The Parrot and the Bermuda Bowl

David Bird
Authors:
David Bird
Peter Crawley

The Headmaster, The Matron and the Scissors Coup

David Bird
Authors:
David Bird
Peter Crawley

The Rabbi and the Weaker Sex

David Bird, Ron Klinger
Authors:
David Bird, Ron Klinger
Peter Crawley

Kosher Bridge

David Bird, Ron Klinger
Authors:
David Bird, Ron Klinger

Two famous authors, David Bird of England and Ron Klinger of Australia, have joined forces to present a feast of bridge with a Jewish flavour. The main character, the Rabbi, kindly and considerate and the star performer, has a gentle sense of fun that pervades the book. This is counter-pointed, as one might expect in a book from David Bird, by the uproarious and often caustic exchanges between the Rabbi's companions as some remarkable sequences unfold at the bridge table.The bridge is excellent and the stories, spiced with the inimitable Jewish sense of humour, are a delectable mix of the sweet and the acidulous.

Peter Crawley

Famous Bridge Disasters

David Bird
Authors:
David Bird
Peter Crawley

The Abbot, the Witchdoctor and the Disastrous Double

David Bird
Authors:
David Bird

For more than three decades, David Bird's tales of the bridge-crazy monks of St Titus have appeared in magazines around the world. In this eleventh collection in book form, the pompous and self-important Abbot travels to the Upper Bhumpopo mission in Africa. He plays against the Witchdoctor, the Parrot, Mrs Okuku and Miss Nabooba, Mhozi and Mjubu - characters that are familiar from earlier books in the series.Regular followers of David Bird's work will know what to expect - a first-rate mixture of excellent bridge, entertaining characters and sparkling dialogue.

Peter Crawley

The Abbot and the Sensational Squeeze

David Bird
Authors:
David Bird

David Bird has surpassed even himself and his inimitable combination of scintillating bridge and humour will swell the ranks of the cognoscenti with equally delighted new recruits. If you are not already happily enrolled, join now!

Peter Crawley

Cardinal Sins

David Bird, Terence Reese
Authors:
David Bird, Terence Reese

The card-play exploits of the monks at St Titus have a special place in bridge literature and their fame has now spread round the world. This collection of highly entertaining and absorbing stories from the monastery includes a further hilarious interlude with the missionary monks and the celebrated bridge-playing parrot in the Bozwambi jungle.

Peter Crawley

10 More Ways to Improve Your Bridge

David Bird
Authors:
David Bird

In this book David Bird builds on TEN WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR BRIDGE and presents ten further ways to increase success at the bridge table. In the area of bidding, the Jacoby 2NT convention is described - the most popular way nowadays of showing a strong major-suit raise and investigating slam possibilities. When bidding slams, it is critical to identify the presence or otherwise of the six key cards (the four aces and the king-queen of trumps) Roman Key-card Blackwood allows you to do this. Two important variations (Kickback Blackwood and Exclusion Blackwood) are explained. The Lebensohl convention is covered also, both when partner's INT has been overcalled and when you are responding to a double of a weak-two bid. On defence, the important topic of disrupting declarer's communications is explained. The book will also show how you can become an 'awkward defender', the sort of player that no declarer likes to face. Finally, five important areas of declarer play are addressed: holding up in a suit contract, using the entries provided by the trump suit, how to block the defenders' suit at no-trumps, the various ways to avoid an adverse ruff or overruff and how to overcome a 4-1 trump break.

Peter Crawley

Celestial Cardplay

David Bird
Authors:
David Bird
Peter Crawley

Divine Intervention

David Bird, Terence Reese
Authors:
David Bird, Terence Reese

'The monks are back. That's all you need to know if you have already been exposed to the wonderful series by Terence Reese and David Bird, featuring high-level bridge deals and high-level laughter, about the fanatical bridge-playing denizens of St Titus. Divine Intervention follows one of the earlier books by including an African interlude, but the high-spot in this book comes when a director tries to give a ruling in an unprecedented situation involving the silent Brother Anthony.' The Bridge World'Ensure that you start reading this book at a weekend, in the morning, because - like me - you may not be able to put it down until you have finished. The deals are interesting, the instruction is painless, the stories are amusing, and the characters are fascinating stereotypes, familiar personalities to every club player.' Bridge Plus

Peter Crawley

Unholy Tricks

David Bird, Terence Reese
Authors:
David Bird, Terence Reese
Peter Crawley

Heavenly Contracts

David Bird
Authors:
David Bird
Peter Crawley

The Abbot's Great Sacrifice

David Bird
Authors:
David Bird

In this eighth collection of stories featuring the bridge-crazy monks of St Titus, the pompous and self-important Abbot suffers more than his fair share of the game's aggravations. The world's worst house guest, Brother Herman from Australia, pays the monastery a visit. A team of attractive girls arrives at St Titus, playing unexpectedly well and unsettling the monastery novices. A disastrous start sends the Abbot to the bottom row of Swiss Teams, where he receives unwelcome advice from Josie Threlfall, a local teacher of the game.

Peter Crawley

Famous Bridge Records

David Bird, Nikos Sarantakos
Authors:
David Bird, Nikos Sarantakos

Records have a perennial fascination and the authors have brought together a riveting collection of record-breaking deals from the history of bridge. What is the fewest high-card points on which someone has made 3NT, 4 Spades, 5 Clubs, 6 Diamonds, 6NT or 7NT? What is the biggest penalty ever suffered or the worst adverse swing? How about the longest auction ever, the most costly opening lead, the greatest number of redoubled overtricks or the greatest number of redoubled undertricks? The answers are all here.As ever with David Bird's books, you will be greatly entertained and painlessly instructed at the same time.

Peter Crawley

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

David Bird
Authors:
David Bird
Peter Crawley

Beaten By The Masters

David Bird
Authors:
David Bird

David Bird, known world-wide for his tales of the bridge-crazy monks of St Titus, moves to a hilarious new setting. Bridge is a compulsory subject at Cholmeley school and a host of vibrant characters participate in the action. Madame Baguette, the Senior French mistress, chases any master whose hair is still where it should be. They, meanwhile, turn a roving eye towards Yvonne Guitton, the junior French mistress. And woe betide any unhappy boy (or member of staff) who finds himself partnering the irascible Headmaster.As with all David Bird's books, it is not just a matter of the readers being convulsed with laughter. The bridge is as brilliant as ever, and by the time the final episode is reached, much sound bridge instruction has been painlessly absorbed. Which is more than can be said for those poor unfortunates caught playing a torch-lit rubber after lights-out.

Peter Crawley

All Hands On Deck!

David Bird
Authors:
David Bird

Bridge cruises are all the rage and David Bird, the world number one humorous bridge writer, provides here a feast of hilariously funny stories in exotic settings and, of course, some excellent bridge.David Bird, creator of the famous Abbot series, is acknowledged as the world's best when it comes to humorous bridge fiction. Here he strikes out in an intriguing new direction, with humorous tales of a mixed group of players on a world bridge cruise. Nor is the action confined to the ship's card-room. The players disembark at various ports of call, encountering bridge adventures in Morocco, Italy, Israel, the Yemen and India. Will the less-than-expert bridge host, Rupert Knight, get his hands on the lovely Debbie or Sandra? Read on to find out!

David Bird

David Bird is recognised as the world's leading humorous bridge writer. He has written over 130 bridge books, and in the last ten years he has won six 'Book of the Year' awards from the American Bridge Teachers Association - and in 2016 won the International Bridge Press Association Book of the Year Award for The Abbot, the Parrot and the Bermuda Bowl. David contributes regularly to Bridge Magazine, English Bridge, Bridge World, the American Contract Bridge League bulletin and other magazines around the world, as well as Vu-Bridge on the internet. He is also a voice commentator for Bridge Base Online. He lives in Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, England.