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Fields Of Maroon And Gold: A gentle ramble through Northamptonshire cricket
Fields Of Maroon And Gold: A gentle ramble through Northamptonshire cricket
by Mr Andy Roberts
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.32

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5.0 out of 5 stars Forty years of fun in the sun, 27 May 2014
Northamptonshire cricket followers won’t want to put this book down.
Andy Roberts writes about the club's last 40 roller-coaster years, many from his position as the local paper reporter, embedded with the team. This gives him a special insight into what makes this club tick.
Or, more frequently, not tick.
For fans who can’t understand why a team crammed with international stars, including some of the world’s best, failed time after time to win the championship or Lords finals, Fields of Maroon and Gold provides answers.
Maybe the clue is in the club’s ethos, the reputation of being one of cricket’s most sociable teams.
A trip to Bristol was seen as ‘a social event spanning three days of carousing with a little bit of cricket here and there.’ Some matches saw ‘as much action off the field as on it’
Which captain admitted: ‘We played attacking, competitive cricket with a smile but lacked the ability to finish things off when it mattered.’
Who described a world class fast bowler as lacking so much enthusiasm for one particular game that ‘he appeared to be running backwards.’
Which official gave a trial to a player who was to become one of the world’s finest batsmen but suggested he stuck to driving a bus?
And which overseas spinner, when playing against Warwickshire found Dermot Reeve had hoovered up all the veggie dishes at lunch, leaving him with no food options.
‘Don’t worry . . . I’ll be having three Bears after lunch,’ he said. And he did.
With many happy anecdotes like this and with the long-awaited achievements of Northants’ brilliant 2013 season still fresh in the mind, this book has come out at just the right time. It's a winner.

Tony Boullemier. Northampton

Tam O'Shanter
Tam O'Shanter
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4.0 out of 5 stars Way beyond brilliant!, 15 Aug 2013
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An absolutely wonderful read and of course a lesson to us all. I must read more Burns.
Tony Boullemier, Northampton

Gerry Rafferty: Renegade Heart
Gerry Rafferty: Renegade Heart
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maestro in the shadows, 18 Dec 2012
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Ex-Daily Mail sports editor Bryan Cooney has turned his attention to pop, with this forensic biography of enigmatic Paisley troubador Gerry Rafferty.
Good enough to be mentioned in the same breath as Lennon and McCartney, he was only fleetingly famous. And the reason, as Cooney's sleuthing reveals, is simple. He hated fame.
A peerless songwriter and guitarist who never sung off key, he started as Billy Connelly's partner in The Humblebums, then released `Stuck in the Middle of You' with Stealers Wheel followed by a solo career, highlighted by his haunting worldwide hit `Baker Street'. He died in 2011 aged 63.
We join Cooney's detective trail into what made Rafferty tick and meet a kaleidoscope of musicians, producers, managers and moguls as well as his own family.
They explain why Rafferty torpedoed his own career by refusing to tour ("I don't like America"); initially couldn't be bothered to accept a gold record from David Frost; and eventually, to quote Cooney, found that alcohol had "arranged his balls in a vice".
But even then, and when his marriage consequently failed, he produced a massive body of work, financed and produced without management help, that deserves to be better known.
His story needed to be told and Cooney's engaging account sheds an intense light on a shadowy maestro.

Richard III
Richard III
by David Baldwin
Edition: Hardcover

54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not such a bad guy, 22 April 2012
This review is from: Richard III (Hardcover)
David Baldwin has assembled a vast amount of research on this complex monarch which invites readers to form the opinion that he was a long way from being as bad as Shakespeare and others have painted him.
Of course, being a brave soldier and an efficient and fair-minded ruler does not excuse him from having Hastings and sundry Woodvilles executed after he had gained control of the young King Edward V.
But one cannot help feeling that his whole life must have been coloured by the terrible day when, as an eight-year-old, he learned that his father, elder brother and uncle had all been killed by the Lancastrians at the Battle of Wakefield and that their severed heads were displayed above the gates of York. A period in exile in the Low Countries followed before another brother was able to prevail over the Lancastrians and set himself on the throne as Edward lV.
So Baldwin shows us how such personal insecurity at such times must have coloured his thinking when he acted so ruthlessly after Edward lV's death, took the princes under his protection and obliterated potential opponents.
The author can find no proof that he did away with the princes and my own personal opinion, based on Baldwin's earlier book, The Lost Prince, is that Edward V could well have died of an illness in the Tower and that his younger brother was spirited away to a safe house and ultimately to Colchester Abbey. Subsequently, Henry Vll appears to have visited the town unusually frequently on his royal progresses, arguably to keep an eye on him.
David Baldwin does not further propound this theory in this latest book but states that while Richard could be ruthless, he was not stupid and that to have murdered the boys would have alienated all those whose support he was trying to gain.
On balance, the verdict on Richard's greatest "crime" is not guilty. And having approached his study from all angles and at all times in his life, Baldwin draws as accurate a portrait of him as we are likely to get at this distance.
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