Ed Smith has kept a private diary of his county career since he made his debut for Kent in 1986. But this season, encouraged by Australian captain Steve Waugh, he decided to do it properly. 'Tell the truth as much as you can' was Waugh's injunction. This then is the story of a season of county cricket, one that begins tumultuously with the horrific pre-season eye injury to captain David Fulton, and by mid-July is turning to triumph as Smith becomes the first batsman in the summer to reach 1000 runs. It's the story of the hanging in there and the holding on, the self-doubt and the frustration, the rows and the friendships.
Ed Smith is an author, journalist and broadcaster. He was formerly an international cricketer, playing for Kent and England, then captaining Middlesex.
Ed's previous books include PLAYING HARD BALL, ON AND OFF THE FIELD (Wisden Book of the Year and shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year) and the critically acclaimed WHAT SPORT TELLS US ABOUT LIFE.
After retiring from cricket Ed became a leader writer for The Times. He is now a columnist for The Times, The New Statesman and cricinfo. He has also written and presented TV and radio programmes for the BBC and commentates for Test Match Special.
In LUCK- A FRESH LOOK AT FORTUNE, Ed traces the history of the concepts of luck and fortune, destiny and fate, from the ancient Greeks to the present day - in religion, in banking, in politics - arguing that the question of luck versus skill is as pertinent today as it ever has been. The paperback is published in April 2013.