By Lisa Lucas and Steve Landsberg

Format: paperback

Publication Date: 28 Nov 2024


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Categories: Historical, Young Adult

ISBN: 9781835741016


1880s. When it got too cold outside to play lawn tennis, the British upper class brought the game inside, and Table Tennis was born. It was simple: all you needed was a table, a paddle, and a little ball. But in the years that followed, what started as a simple English game spiralled into a global phenomenon…

Ping explores the seemingly innocent game of Ping Pong, where antisemitism and communism were intertwined from its beginnings in the 1880s to the 1970s when the U.S. opened diplomatic relations with China. Ping is a fictionalised account of this time and reveals the politics that ensued and the devastating fallout that followed.


Lisa Lucas started writing for Reader’s Digest and freelancing for newspapers. Later, she wrote extensively on issues related to literacy and health. Several years ago, she joined forces with Laurie Stein, an illustrator, and together they have created a number of children's books including Spectacularly Beautiful and When the Earth Shook. Their work has been recognized by The New York Times, The Kirkus Reviews and Indigo with two Heather’s Picks. Over the last few years, Lisa has changed direction and is now focussing on poetry and historical fiction.  Her work can be found at

Steve Landsberg, an accomplished, award-winning advertising executive and entrepreneur, is currently Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Human Intelligence (H.I.), a New York City-based marketing firm. Prior to H.I., he co-founded Grok, an Inc. 500 “Fastest Growing Company.”  Steve has held executive creative roles at many top global ad agencies leading the work on iconic global brands. A copywriter by trade, Steve has published numerous ad industry articles. Ping is his first published book.


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