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Ken Taylor, Drawn to Sport
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on 20 November 2017
I was lucky enough to witness much of the football and cricket careers of Ken Taylor but for him to have this artistic talent too!! The book is a splendid tribute to sportsmen whom Ken has known but above all to the incredible talent of a modest, unassuming, great human being. Well done Stephen Chalke
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on 7 May 2011
A truly magnificent book about a truly versatile individual who played with such greats as Dennis Law and Geoff Boycott in an era when such feats were still possible and pampered stars did not need to concentrate on a single sport.His honesty and modesty shine throughout;a family man from a humble background who made the most of his talents and after his career in sport went on to teach art in Norfolk where he still lives happily though not as grandly as the cricketers and certainly not the footballers of today.The volume now resides in Thailand in the home of a long-time friend who once played against him and remembers his humility and spoke to him about his surprisingly few international opportunities.He unstintingly praised those who had found greater success and gave no indication of the schaudenfreude one hears all too often in certain sports today.A fascinating life!
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on 8 May 2015
Stephen Chalke is always top value, and this one is no exception.
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on 11 February 2015
Excellent book and would highly recommend for people to read,
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on 28 April 2006
Stephen Chalke couldn't find a publisher for his first book, so he started his own publishing firm, Fairfield Books. Some of Ken Taylor's drawings had appeared in earlier Chalke books, so it is no surprise that his latest book is about Taylor's remarkable life. In the title lies the clue: Ken Taylor was in summer a professional cricketer for Yorkshire, and in winter a professional footballer for Huddersfield. His wages allowed him to study art at first Huddersfield College and then at the prestigious Slade School of Art in London - at the same time as playing professional sport.

The book is beautifully printed and laid out on high-quality paper, and is full of photographs, contemporary newspaper cuttings and drawings and paintings by Taylor. For anyone who remembers the not-so-long-ago days when professional sportsmen played cricket in the summer and football in the winter (Chris Balderstone and Jim Standen, and further back Denis Compton and Wllie Watson, for example), they should read this and marvel, and wallow in nostalgia. At different stages Taylor was managed by Shankly, and played for England at Lord's. For readers too young to recall this lost age, this book will reveal to them a sporting England that has changed beyond recognition. A marvellous, marvellous book.
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on 4 September 2011
Local lad who I watched playing for Huddersfild Town & Yorkshire County Cricket Club plus being a very fine artist.What a talent,the book is unusually written and laid-out but is all the better for that.It tells the story of a boy (& his very talented, pro footballer & fine singer, brother Jeff) from quite humble beginnings in the suberbs of a textile town, Huddersfield, who by sheer natural talent made a great contribution to their chosen professions. One can't help but think that Ken fell betweem the two sports where concentration on one would have gained him even greater fame, although reading the story, he has no regrets.The story illustrates the bygone age when you could play both games, professionally, at the highest level, virtually impossible today. Highly recommended.
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on 18 August 2017
NOT A GOOD READ
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