Signed copies of my debut cricket book, All Wickets Great and Small, are available to buy direct from me.
The link above goes through to my Ko-fi shop where you can buy copies. Price is £10 including UK second-class postage.
I’m happy to write a dedication to someone inside the book too – handy for a personalised gift.
What’s it all about?
In a nutshell, in 2015, I travelled around Yorkshire cricket clubs, meeting those that play and power the grassroots game.
It’s a celebration of the county, its people and its cricket. If you like any of Yorkshire, cricket, trains, travel or teas – you will love this!
A perfect birthday or Christmas present for the cricket fan in your life!
For a more detailed introduction to the book…read on or buy All Wickets here…but here’s what others thought:
Here’s a selection of Amazon book reviews…
Fun and local Yorkshire read
Great stories and histories of local Yorkshire cricket grounds. Written by a real cricket fan.
Don’t miss this one…we can all relate to this!
An excellent read provided by someone who really “gets” cricket in all of its formats…brilliant.
A good summer read
A nice easy read. Quirky, which I like my books to be. Interesting subject matter.
Press coverage & awards:
“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
“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
“Amid the lighthearted and descriptive elements, with Fuller displaying an excellent turn of phrase, there are plenty of serious elements as he discusses key issues affecting the grassroots sport.” — Chris Waters, Yorkshire Post
“A one man odyssey through the more picturesque, entertaining or downright strange backwaters of Yorkshire Club Cricket. We visit a variety of clubs selected at random and get a charming first person account of the club, ground and – most importantly – the people who keep the clubs going.” –White Rose Forum
Winner of the JM Kilburn Cricket Writer of the Year Award 2016.
I was delighted to add my name to this award from the Wombwell Cricket Lovers’ Society. The crystal glass is still pride of place in the office.
So…what’s in All Wickets Great and Small?
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.
Naturally, 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, look no further…
**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 would make a fantastic present at any time of year and is available to buy direct from me, the author.