**UPDATE – NOVEMBER 2017**
I’m delighted my cricket book, All Wickets Great and Small, has been so generously reviewed and supported.
Thanks to everyone who has bought a copy and all those who took the time to get in touch to offer their feedback, favourite chapter or cricket ground.
If you’ve yet to snap up a book then good news…the price has dropped to a touch over £7 and ahem, would make a thoughtful Christmas present for a cricket fan.
Don’t miss a celebration of grassroots cricket in all of its wonderful diversity. I go all over the place by public transport to watch matches of every conceivable standard.
By way of introduction, vicars smacking sixes, the resurgence of Park Avenue, disability cricket, women’s cricket and the allure of Scarborough are just some of the remarkable stories within its pages.
As you’d expect, players, umpires, scorers, tea ladies, groundsmen and coaches all take centre stage.
You’ll learn a lot. You’ll be surprised. You’ll discover new places to visit and you’ll come to realise I can power through an impressive volume of tea and cake.
All Wickets Great and Small will be the only cricket book you’ll need to buy this year.
There, I said it. It’s far more than the nuts and bolts of who played who and what happened in each innings. In fact, that barely figures.
Instead, this is about the people and places across Yorkshire, the issues affecting recreational cricket right throughout the land and forthright views on the challenges and conundrums for cricket clubs everywhere.
If you have a fondness for the articles you read on this website, you’ll love this cricket book.
At last count, 115 cricket clubs had a mention in the book so if it’s a sense of what Yorkshire cricket is about, All Wickets will transport you all over the place within its pages.
“Fifteen from ’16 – the best cricket books of the year. Bags of that recognisable Yorkshire characteristic – pride. John Fuller spends a summer traversing the county to watch and reflect on the game, its glorious past and its problematic future, in 23 vignettes.” –David Hopps, ESPNcricinfo.com
“Certainly recommended. Fuller is certainly the right man to do this. It is written in an engaging conversational style. I was left wanting to know more. Reading it would be a useful exercise for every single one of the secretaries of every one of our 6,500 cricket clubs.” —CricketWeb.net
In my experience it’s never too early to start dropping hints about Christmas books and John Fuller has helpfully provided us with a book that will delight and entertain any Yorkshire cricket fan through the dark nights of Winter. At its simplest, it’s a charming one man odyssey through the more picturesque, entertaining or downright strange backwaters of Yorkshire Club Cricket. —White Rose Forum
**Here’s a taster of the cricket grounds I visited:
- Park Avenue, Bradford
- West View Rise, Paddock
- Galphay Road, Studley Royal
- Middleton Avenue and Denton Avenue, Ilkley
- Weetwood, Leeds
- Lock Lane, Altofts
- St George’s Road, Harrogate
- The Retreat, York
- Intake Road, Undercliffe
- Old Guy Road, Queensbury
- Bolton Bridge, Bolton Abbey
- Newsham Road, Thirsk
- Harewell Close, Glasshouses
- North Marine Road, Scarborough
- 13 Clubs North of Leeds
- Sandal Hall Close, Walton
- Barnsley Road, Wakefield
- Bragg Lane End, Wrenthorpe
- Wakefield Road, Lightcliffe
- Carleton New Road, Skipton
- Poplar Avenue, Townville
- Little Church Lane, Methley
- Sands Lane, Dewsbury
HOW TO BUY COPIES?
All Wickets Great and Small costs £7.18 incl postage (as of November 2017).
The easiest way to purchase copies is via Amazon where you can also see the latest reviews.
Need a Christmas or birthday present for someone who likes their cricket? Look no further…but then I would say that! Happy reading!
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