Jerry Howarth: retired Toronto Blue Jay baseball announcer remarked:


(The Book) is so good and so good for beginners.The things you need to learn are right there. It makes the transition (to Duplicate Bridge) so much easier. Now it is right here for everyone to read. Way to go. This is excellent. So proud of you for taking your love of the game of bridge and how well you play it to others who are just starting.


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You persevered, your book is now done. Wasn’t the process so much fun?!

Learning to edit, to design pages through; thank goodness you found the key for “undo”!!

Endless revisions, with sweat and some tears, but you stuck to it for over two years.

Hoping your book makes many exclaim, “In this great read, I found the love of the game!’-J5


What are Beginners and Intermediate players saying? They all are in agreement. The verdict is unanimous. They just love  ‘A Newcomer’s Guide’.


Your Guide is informative, humourous, fantastic and totally awesome. You have the uncanny knack of helping all players of all levels to lighten up about Bridge and not be nervous when learning the game; all in a concise book. – Crystal I.


The visual support is engaging, humourous and exactly what I appreciate to help make the rules and regulations of such an intrinsic game ‘stick’. A GRAND SLAM 7NT!! – Kathy L.


Congratulations, the terminology and description of the tools (equipment) is very interesting and informative, an insightful Guide for Players considering the more structured environment of Duplicate Bridge. – Debbie D.


Any serious Beginner or Intermediate Player would find your book a handy Guide to better understand Duplicate Bridge. Your comments add a little humour and make reading at times a compilation of your Bridge experiences. – Wayne G.


The introduction lays out what the book covers and delivers on the promised fun activity. – Dave D.

Your introduction is so friendly, it really sets the mood for your Newcomer friendly book. – Nancy O.


Congrats, Brian on sticking with a difficult subject and turning it into a learning and growth opportunity for those who love the game – Mike W.


I can’t tell you how much I appreciated the opportunity to read your book. It was for me, very informative and written in a style that makes the reading journey a pleasure- Cathy M.






Many aspiring new bridge players eventually, with trepidation, venture out to their local bridge club to give it a try. For new players the world of duplicate can be a daunting and humbling experience.


For such players, Brian Gray’s  ” A Newcomer’s Guide Stress-Free Introduction To Duplicate Bridge” is a wonderful reference to help them better prepare for the experience of club play.


With detail and humour, Brian gently guides the reader through every aspect of what to expect as you get ready for your debut at the duplicate table.


In addition to the fine explanations and advice, this book ‘s presentation, the quality of the type-style, pages, graphics and illustrations is terrific. Colour abounds throughout,  bringing the pages alive.


Brian’s book should be a “must read” for every newer player and for more experienced players as well.


Brian, you have done bridge players a great service with your guide.


Congratulations-well done indeed!- John Rayner Renowned Teacher, Canadian Pairs Champion and member  the Canadian Bridge Hall of Fame.


Brian has written a great book, much needed for the Newcomers to the world of Duplicate. It will serve as a great resource for novices everywhere. Duplicate is The way to improve one’s game. This book will make all the hurdles dissipate.


Barbara Seagram, co-winner with David Bird of the 2018 American Bridge Teachers’ Association, Book the Year Award, Beginner Category, “Planning the Play-The Next Level“. 


I think this is helpful for players coming into Duplicate for the first time. Potentially, you really may be appealing to a larger audience. Most (players) have no clue about how scoring works or what are the basic rules of etiquette or any understanding of the ‘Laws of Duplicate’. All these areas you address. I don’t think there is anything out there quite like it.


Nice job. Jeff Bayone , Managing Partner, Honors Bridge Club (NYC).,Winner  2018 ABTA Book of the Year Award, Beginner Category for “A Taste of Bridge“. 


It is really  meaningful  when an author can put so many personal and interesting thoughts and facts into a book which will be of such help to those who are moving forward into the game of Duplicate bridge. There is so much to absorb along the journey that I have no doubt that ‘A Newcomer’s Guide will be read and reread by those lucky enough to have their own copy.


Selwyn Hossuth Bronze LM. Novelist of bridge-theme books, “Weak Two” and “Deep Finesse“. 


Well done, very informative, an enjoyable read, love the images -Anne Sixsmith, Ruby LM, Owner/Director, Washago bridge club.


A great job. The book will be very helpful to new players -Margo Davidson, LM, Director, Echo Hills bridge club.


New Review May 18, 2020.


A Newcomer’s Guide (an introduction to duplicate bridge by Brian Gray) published by FriesenPress. This book of 124 pages presents the basic information for the beginner to start playing duplicate bridge. The material provided is indeed comprehensive covering the use of the bidding bowes, how to fill in a convention card, the format, bridge etiquette, bridgemates and matchpoint scoring to name but a few topics.


The book is reader friendly and filled with the author’s friendly presentation in addition to his often witty, insightful and humorous comments.


The information supplied would certainly ensure that you have the confidence to begin playing duplicate at the club or perhaps online at this time (all clubs in Canada are presently closed because of the pandemic).


This effort is highly recommended.


Dave Willis Bridge Columnist, Ottawa Herald and Toronto Star.