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This review is from: The Trundlers (Paperback)
At his best Harry Pearson is a brilliant writer. Not many people can claim to have written seminal books about cricket AND football, but Pearson can, with Slipless in Settle and The Far Corner. In these books he wrote with passion and good humour about cricket and football as played in the local leagues of northern England. What perhaps made these books so outstanding is that they were written in such an entertaining way that they could be enjoyed by people who could not give two hoots about our two national games, but were also informative enough to be appreciated by aficionados of cricket and football. Whilst The Trundlers is another excellent book I suspect it will not have quite the same universal appeal. In this latest book Pearson writes about crickets answer to beige, the medium pace bowler. Going as far back as the 1700's he gives us potted biographies of some of cricket's most illustrious medium pacers, like the truculent S.F Barnes and Maurice "Chub" Tate, as well as giving mentions to some that were not quite so illustrious. Pearson also tells us about the different ways that a ball can swing and how the bowlers make this happen; these sections require a little knowledge of cricket, hence my assertion that this book may not be to a non-cricket watchers taste.
Harry Pearson's books are always worth a read and this is no exception. Also, any book that gives a mention to the wonderfully named Brian Brain can't be bad.