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Harry Pearson
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8 July 2010
Slipless in Settle is a sentimental journey around club cricket in the north of England, a world far removed from the clichéd lengthening-shadows-on-the-village-green image of the summer game. This is hardcore cricket played in former pit villages and mill towns. Winner of the 2011 MCC Cricket Book of the Year, it is about the little clubs that have, down the years, produced some of the greatest players Britain has ever seen, and at one time spent a fortune on importing the biggest names in the international game to boost their battle for local supremacy. Slipless in Settle is a warm, affectionate and outrageously funny sporting odyssey in which Andrew Flintoff and Learie Constantine rub shoulders with Asbo-tag-wearing all-rounders, there's hot-pot pie and mushy peas at the tea bar, two types of mild in the clubhouse, and a batsman is banned for a month for wearing a fireman's helmet when going out to face Joel Garner . . .

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (8 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408702096
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408702093
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 15.6 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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** 'By turns wry, tender and bawdy, Pearson's prose is none the less as steady and measured as a glob of gravy running down the side of a Yorkshire pudding. For anyone wishing to sample 'cricket with the crusts on', Slipless in Settle is well worth the detour (Sunday Telegraph)

** 'Packed with comic tales to delight the cricket aficionado and non-fan alike (DAILY MIRROR)

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* The brilliant new book from Harry Pearson, winner of the 2011 MCC Cricket Book of the Year.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let this book bowl you over 30 July 2010
Harry Pearson's `The Far Corner' was a superb book. It was a great read, written in a warm and humorous style that seemed to get right to the soul of football in the North East. It is, quite rightly, regarded by many as one of the best football books ever published. So when I heard that Harry Pearson had turned his attention to cricket I doubted that it would be anything like as good. I was wrong, because Slipless in Settle is a belting book, perhaps even better than Far Corner. I am reasonably certain that I will not read a better one during this summer of cricket.

As research for this book he spent a summer travelling around the north of England taking in matches being played in some of the regions many local cricket leagues. Slipless in Settle is his account of his experiences along the way and the people he met.

Anybody that has ever attended to a local league cricket match in Yorkshire or Lancashire will know that they seem to attract characters like moths to a flame. At any ground you will find not only a fiercely competitive game of cricket but also some slightly eccentric supporters always ready with to supply ribald comments on the state of the match and cricketers of varying ability that turn up ever week for either the love of the game or because they are paid to do so. You will find a great many of these people in Slipless in Settle.

It is, above all, a very funny book. There is practically a decent anecdote on every page, some so amusing that at times it reads like more like a comedy than a sports book and they are all weaved together by Harry Pearson's effortlessly entertaining prose.

Slipless in Settle is a must read for anybody that has the slightest interest in cricket.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review 27 Sep 2010
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This guy is very,very funny.

O,and knowlegeable and witty and very informative about the serious end of cricket.

Buy it for long,cold dark Winters oop North.

Tis a pity he's a Yorkshireman but nobody's ideal.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Funnier Than The Far Corner 17 July 2010
This is the funniest book I have read in ages, it is Harry Pearson's best by far. I am still laughing out loud about The Geordie Pizza, and the tale about Hitler using Old Spice as a weapon has me in stitches every time I think about it. All the greats in the cricketing world are mentioned with some humility, and the description of David Gower by the author's father is very apt.

Thanks Harry!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A massively entertaining revelation... 8 May 2011
It doesn't happen very often (well it actually didn't happen before) that I start reading a book as soon as I've got hold of it. I am glad I made an exeption for this very interesting, well written and very humourous book. Admittedly, a return trip on the Eurostar to Belgium did help to start reading it as an obvious way to kill time. I attended the Annual Cricket book award ceremony at Lord's the night before and - though I didn't have the luck to have been alloted a seat at the winner's table - I had the opportunity to meet Harry after the reception and to get a copy of his winner from him. Being a Flemish Belgian, and only recently been awarded full MCC membership, this is by no means a straightforward proposition, is it? I am passionate about cricket, and have always been involved in keeping the junior development and school program in Belgium alive while putting Belgian cricket on the European cricket map. Apart from that, I love reading cricket novels, biographies and books on the history of cricket. This book in particular was a revelation to me. It taught me so much about the importance of cricket in the North of England and Harry has this skill to tell the stories, big and small, using a style which makes it a real page turner and very difficult to put it away. I am determined to go for some of his other books too and I also know now what to say when coming across a Yorkshireman, or better... what not to say!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 14 Sep 2010
By Greeno
Couldn't put this book down, read it no time, although being very funny in parts it contains some very intersting facts and historical detail, the author has got the content just about spot on.
A great read for any true cricketing fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cricket with Humour 12 Sep 2010
Such an interesting history of the Northern Leagues. I learned a lot and laughed out loud at the same time. There was an hilarious comment on every page. Brilliant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chuckling on Cape Cod 18 Aug 2010
Almost anyone who has played cricket at any level will enjoy Harry Pearsons book and recognise some of the characters he desribes. First book this year to have me laughing out loud.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Leagues apart 14 July 2012
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It's fair to say that it takes Harry Pearson a couple of chapters to get into his rhythm. The beginning has a real early-season feel to it, as though the author hadn't warmed-up properly, but once he hits his stride with a series of absorbing facts and anecdotes about some of international cricket's great and historic names, you want him to keep going unchanged. This was a real eye-opener for me. I actually lived in Lancashire for a fair chunk of the period covered but the great names turning the ball and throwing the bat in the towns and villages all around just passed me by. What a missed opportunity - if only I'd had a story-teller like Pearson to get me interested then. Aside from lots of misty-eyed nostalgia for the good old days, much of this, particularly in the latter half is laugh-out-loud funny, and overall a great advert for league cricket. Let's all go and see some matches before it's too late.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Really entertaining read accurate tales from the league's of the north, just missing the entertainment of the stack plenty to go at their!
Published 3 months ago by Andrew Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Good holiday book for a cricket fan, enjoyable nonesess about the club game.

Never going to be an epic but very enjoyable
Published 6 months ago by Mr Philip P Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Slipless In Settle
Great purchase for cricket enthusiast who already had every book on cricket. Unique gift and well received. Many Thanks all-rounder
Published 7 months ago by Alison DCB
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and informative
Harry Pearson first came to my attention when Penguins Stopped Play was passed to me to read. This is a great story of an unlikely world cricket tour that can be enjoyed by both... Read more
Published 19 months ago by jane talboys
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm and funny
A lovely trip round Northern England full of stats about players I had never heard of. It has made me want to visit all the grounds mentioned.
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Well written. Funny and very, very true. Every northern cricket fan and player should read this book. I loved it
Published 20 months ago by ian
4.0 out of 5 stars Proper cricket
I was loaned 'Slipless' a couple of years ago, read it in a day. Essential reading for all who love club cricket and it'll give you something to read
when rained off this... Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2012 by buffalo
5.0 out of 5 stars Good service
The book is a delightful account of cricket clubs, personalities and grounds. Perfect gift for a cricket fanatic.
Good service.
Published on 15 July 2012 by dkayj
5.0 out of 5 stars A peach of a delivery
This has been by far the most enjoyable read I've had this year. I'm not a particularly a cricket fan but I am most definitely a supporter of Harry Pearson who is, by some... Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2012 by Ping
1.0 out of 5 stars Like an edge off a medium-pacer, it often falls short
The incessant similes are incessantly tortuous; the variation in detail is immensely irritating; and the overall impression is of the man in the anorak who you avoid at all costs... Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2012 by Mr. Ar Airey
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