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Carr himself, in a handwritten inscription to my copy of the novel, described this as 'a book about people but with the theme, cricket (as Balzac wrote about people with the theme, money)' and who am I to argue with him.
The people in question are seen through the eyes of the narrator, a conscripted RAF photographer serving in West Africa in World War II (as was the author). The lead character's passion for, and philosophical understanding of, cricket provides the necessary framework for him to survive (in a mental sense) his posting).
The book is lightly written and full of comedic moments, but is ultimately very bleak.