In his third book, following on from the award-winning Life Beyond the Airing Cupboard, John Barclay offers 24 written sketches on characters he has known in the world of cricket.
With his customary charm and self-deprecating humour he reflects on a range of subjects: Colin Cowdrey, Mike Atherton, Ray Illingworth, Tony Greig, Mike Brearley, Imran Khan, Derek Underwood, Jack Russell, Peter Roebuck, David Lloyd and many more, including a groundsman, a quartet of cricket writers, an umpire and finally his dog Robert.
John Woodcock, in his foreword, writes:
These are not cricket prints of the kind which the great RC Robertson-Glasgow (‘Crusoe’) did so brilliantly. They are longer and less flamboyant than that; but they come from the same spring, refreshed by a love of the game and a wish to see the best in those who play it. His author’s eye for human nature, informed by his cricket experience and access to privilege, probably misses a good deal less than his subjects might have suspected.