on 1 June 2009
The author, Mick Pope, recounts the all too brief life of one of Yorkshire's best loved cricketers.
Starting from his humble beginnings playing for the Mitchell Main colliery team, the book follows Roy Kilner's career representing the White Rose County, his handful of Test Matches and his fateful tour to India in the Winter of 1927/28.
The narrative focuses on Roy's contributions as an all rounder and the many notable cricketing feats achieved through the years in a career that was sadly truncated by the horrors of the First World War. Indeed it seems ironic that a player so associated with his friendly and jovial approach to the game, and life itself, should be surrounded by sorrow throughout his 37years.
The book has an affectionate foreward written by the late, great Don Bradman and is well supported by a selection of black and white photographs and an extensive section detailing the statistics of Roy's career.
An interesting book about a very interesting individual but, given his self evident popularity (his funeral was attended by between 100/150,000 people), it is a shame the author doesn't bring more examples of Roy's ready wit and anecdotes to our attention. Notwithstanding this slight criticism this book is well worth a read.