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The Real Jeeves: The Cricketer Who Gave His Life for His Country and His Name to a Legend by [Halford, Brian]
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**Runner-up in the MCC Cricket Book of the Year Award**

"One of the finest cricket biographies I have ever read." --David Warner, Yorkshire CCC website

"Percy Jeeves's really story puts things into perspective. Reading about what Percy and his comrades went through in the trenches makes you think. The Real Jeeves is an eye-opening book." --Ashley Giles

"A wonderful new book... Halford recounts magnificently - and with aching poignancy - the terrible fate suffered by Jeeves and his comrades in the trenches." --Chris Waters, The Yorkshire Post

"A thought-provoking glimpse into an aspect of the past that must never be forgotten... this is one that should not be missed." --Martin Chandler, CricketWeb

"Brian Halford, one of the many excellent cricket writers in regional journalism, retells the story [of Jeeves] in a new book, The Real Jeeves." --The Times

"A wonderful book, worth far more than most of the formulaic cricket autobiographies. The author has made a major contribution to cricket literature with this memorable book, that is deservedly among the contenders for the 2014 Cricket Book of the Year." --Peakfan Blog

"This true-life story is as memorable - and surely more poignant - than any of [P G Wodehouse's] much-loved creations." --Simon Briggs, The Telegraph

"The Real Jeeves: I couldn't recommend it more." --George Dobell, CricInfo

"It's an amazing book, for a cricket fan, a Wodehouse fan and well, a great stories fan. Loved it." --Vic Minett, BBC CWR

"A fascinating story and a very well-researched book, it relates the tale of a very young cricketer for youth. The story is of immense human interest, with an insight into life in the trenches." --The Cricket Memorabilia Society Magazine.

"Beautifully written, touching without ever drifting towards maudlinism, detailed yet not remotely dry. There are any number of such stories that deserve to be told but some demand to be told by a writer capable of doing them justice. The Real Jeeves is one of those happy projects where content and style coalesce to perfection." --The Coventry Evening Telegraph

"An outstandingly well-written story of a former Warwickshire player. A very haunting account of his final days - truly thought-provoking." --Keith Cook, secretary of Warwickshire Old County Cricketers Association.

"Brian Halford evokes the squalour and the futility of trench warfare. This part of the book contains some very fine writing indeed. A compelling account of a life cut short and congratulations to the author and the publishers for opening a window on to this neglected part of cricket history." --The Cricket Journal

About the Author

Brian Halford has covered the fortunes of Warwickshire CCC for the Birmingham Post & Mail since 2000. Brian is the author of Warwickshire CCC On This Day, 100 Years of Test Match Cricket at Edgbaston and The Year of the Bear, the story of Warwickshire's championship triumph in 2004.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3477 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pitch Publishing (Brighton) Ltd (1 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DQBTD9Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
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I am related to Percy Jeeves, and so not altogether disinterested. Brian Halford's research is exhaustive, and cricket lovers will both enjoy it and view as an important addition to both cricket history, and our knowledge of the Great War. Even though it is reasonable to view me as biased, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and its connection of my mother's surname to P. G. Wodehouse's most famous character.
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My son sent me this book as a birthday present and I must confess that I had never heard of Percy Jeeves, but once starting the book had difficulty in putting it down,it is beautifully written with an astonishing amount of research into the history of a man who would surely have gone on to represent his country but for the dreadfull events of the Great war. The author not only brings to the reader the action on the cricket field but also manages to convey the horrors of the trenches. A truly memorable read.
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Few cricketers have been afforded the honour of a biography after a career that encompassed a mere two seasons of first-class cricket and only fifty matches. Percy Jeeves is far from a household name among cricket followers, although that surname, appropriated by PG Wodehouse after seeing him in action at Cheltenham in 1913, is of far greater literary fame.

Having said that, Jeeves' story is one that thoroughly deserved to be told and it is apposite that I am reviewing it on Armistice Sunday, the player having lost his life in the carnage of the Western Front on 22 July, 1916. Only two years earlier, he was starring for Warwickshire after being overlooked by his native Yorkshire and was making a great impression on the English county cricket scene.

In those fifty first-class games, he played several hard-hitting innings and made 1200 runs, although his average of just sixteen was perhaps not a true reflection of his talent. He was a fine fielder too, with a good pair of hands and a strong arm, but it was as a bowler that Jeeves looked set to hit the heights.

In those two summers he finished with one short of two hundred wickets at a shade over twenty runs each. Bowling right arm, somewhere between medium and fast, he was probably over-bowled but looked set to be the fulcrum of his side's attack for years to come. He got movement, often extravagant and late, but was very accurate and took many of his wickets through clean bowling batsmen, often when they were well set with a ball that had extra nip.

He was only 26 at the outbreak of war and, having qualified for Warwickshire, doubtless looked forward to a long career.
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At last after so many years of hearing about this very modest cricketer, comes his story. The research that went into this must have been exhausting but the brief life of Percy Jeeves is very interesting because he was such a good player as the records suggest and also because like so many others, he died serving his country when he like the rest, had no idea just what he was letting himself in for and how almost impossible the task was. It is sad but it needed telling and is done so extremely well.
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A superb book on one of English crickets characters I was totally unaware of,not being a huge fan of pre WW1 Warwickshire cricket.Written in a style that keeps the reader interested with background to the games Jeeves played in and not just bare stats.An excellent read,highly recommended for lovers of history and fine cricket writing.
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