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Fond and perceptive memories
on 12 July 2013
This is a lovely book. John Barclay writes with insight and understanding of a range of characters and personalities, from Illingworth to Imran Khan.
He has a kind touch; he sees their weaknesses reflected in himself, and he recalls fondly matches and performances where others were able to bask in more glory than himself. He has a nice touch in self-deprecation, and he paints others in vivid words and often a warm glow.
This book turns you back to some who were great, some eccentric, some quirky, and not a few who have battled with life's difficulties. John Barclay always writes with empathy and understanding, and continually with a pleasant and soft humour which probes his own character and other's foibles. If he criticises, it is always with feeling.
Each short piece is one to read and reflect on. They deepen our understanding of county cricket, tours, and management.
This is a most enjoyable book to be savoured and read with a kind smile.