Latest: My new Scarborough Cricket Festival book

view from scarborough cricket club tea room

I’m delighted that my Scarborough Cricket Festival book is now available to pre-order via Great Northern Books.

It will be out in May 2019 but we’ve now opened up the opportunity to buy a limited-edition, hardback copy, if you’d like to treat yourself or gift a book.

Pre-order now, and as well as a signed copy, your chosen name will be included in the back of the printed book.

The Scarborough Cricket Festival has made for a compelling subject. We are firmly in an age where T20 dominates the cricket agenda and yet there is an enormously popular cricket tradition that endures on the Yorkshire coast dating back to 1876.

I spent the best part of a week in the town around the 2018 Scarborough Cricket Festival talking to fans, players and those who have been coming to Scarborough to watch county cricket for decades.

scarborough cricket club tea room

What’s included?

It is written in the style of my first book, All Wickets Great and Small, with travel writing at its core so expect as much about the quality of the fish and chips and the conversations I have as the action over the three and a bit days.

I want you to feel the sand between your toes and be transported back to the wooden benches of the Popular Bank and the roar that ignites to spur Yorkshire on.

While not a history book, it has lots of stories of historical matches included. It would be hard not to look back at some of the famous matches, players and performances that form much of the magic at North Marine Road.

Apart from my observations during the Scarborough Cricket Festival itself, I’ve interviewed many to tease out the stories, including…

Geoffrey Boycott re-lives his final Yorkshire match at Scarborough, Darren Lehmann is full of tales about his exploits on and off the field and Jason Gillespie speaks of what Scarborough Cricket Festival means to him.

From B&Bs to chippies who rely on the cricket to the perspective of Jim, Chief Executive of Scarborough Borough Council and the business of doing business; from the tales that flow from ardent Yorkshire fans to the personal accounts of life in the press box with Chris Waters and David Hopps, this is a must-read… but then I would say that!

fans sit in deckchairs at scarborough cricket club


To pre-order a hardback copy of my Scarborough Cricket Festival book, visit the Great Northern Books page. You’ll be one of a select few to have your name in the book itself and will be sent a signed copy on its publication.

If you want to gift it to someone else, the publisher will send out a pdf certificate to print and give as a present.


If you want to hear about what it’s been like to research and write this book, be the first to see the new cover reveal, see exclusive photography and stories before anyone else – sign up!

**This is separate to Cricket Yorkshire’s regular list. It is only relating to the Scarborough Cricket festival book – but I have lots of content and it will be plenty of fun!

scarborough cricket club pavilion


– Bookplate signed by the author

– The name of your choice printed in the list of supporters at the back of the book. (Don’t forget to include the name in the ‘dedications’ note box at checkout)

– Advance orders will receive a confirmation certificate – ideal for gifting

Publication May 2019


£17.99 including UK delivery.


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