‘Confessions’ faithfully follows all Tennis Grand Slam epic matches and is told through five compelling, can’t-put-down sets.
‘The warmup’ (“One day I will play Roger Federer at Wimbledon and beat Him.”) starts with our hero encountering a spot of bother at his local tennis club which leads to him being ostracised by his club committee. Almost immediately, he finds himself with a wild card to play in the 2013 Wimbledon Finals.
The ‘First Set’ (“How to Play Tennis”) sees our hero offering a veritable cornucopia of playing tips and tricks which he claims will help readers deal with all sorts of opponents of all sorts of sizes and shapes, playing all kind of strange shots in the oddest of circumstances.
‘The Second Set’ (“How to Win at Wimbledon”) sees him applying those skills and strategies to go on and win Wimbledon, encountering some unlikely opposition along the way.
In ‘The Third Set’ (“How to become Sports Personality of the Year”) he sets out to offer advice on how to deal with the media interest and the furore around becoming an international tennis superstar and Sports Personality of the Year – which the real Andy Murray won of course, and which our hero also, unsurprisingly wins, given that he has now fully adopted the persona of Murray himself.
The ‘Fourth Set’ (How to Win Power, Authority and Influence) shows us his real quest: how to become chairman of his local tennis club and the tactics he employs to get rid of the opposition in the process. Unhappily for him however, he does not succeed in this quest and he finally ends up – in the fifth and final set (“The TieBreaker”) in trouble with the local police for setting fire to local tennis clubs in his vicinity. However – there is a happy note at the end with the possibility of flying to Melbourne to participate in the Australian Open.
Throughout the book, the question of the identity of our hero is constantly in flux, swopping from global hero to local zero at an alarming but comical rate.