Related to: 'The Trundlers'

Little, Brown

Connie

Harry Pearson
Authors:
Harry Pearson

His father was a first-class cricketer, his grandfather was a slave.Born in rural Trinidad in 1901, Learie Constantine was the most dynamic all-round cricketer of his age (1928-1939) when he played Test cricket for the West Indies and club cricket for Nelson. Few who saw Constantine in action would ever forget the experience. As well as the cricketing genius that led to Constantine being described as 'the most original cricketer of his time', Connie illuminates the world that he grew up in, a place where the memories of slavery were still fresh and where a peculiar, almost obsessive, devotion to 'Englishness' created a society that was often more British than Britain itself. Harry Pearson looks too at the society Constantine came to in England, which he would embrace as much as it embraced him: the narrow working-class world of the industrial North during a time of grave economic depression. Connie reveals how a flamboyant showman from the West Indies actually dovetailed rather well in a place where local music-hall stars such as George Formby, Frank Randle and Gracie Fields were fêted as heroes, and how Lancashire League cricket fitted into this world of popular entertainment.Connie tells an uplifting story about sport and prejudice, genius and human decency, and the unlikely cultural exchange between two very different places - the tropical island of Trinidad and the cloth-manufacturing towns of northern England - which shared the common language of cricket.

Abacus

Hound Dog Days

Harry Pearson
Authors:
Harry Pearson
Abacus

Slipless In Settle

Harry Pearson
Authors:
Harry Pearson

Slipless in Settle is a sentimental journey around club cricket in the north of England, a world far removed from the clichéd lengthening-shadows-on-the-village-green image of the summer game. This is hardcore cricket played in former pit villages and mill towns. Winner of the 2011 MCC Cricket Book of the Year, it is about the little clubs that have, down the years, produced some of the greatest players Britain has ever seen, and at one time spent a fortune on importing the biggest names in the international game to boost their battle for local supremacy.Slipless in Settle is a warm, affectionate and outrageously funny sporting odyssey in which Andrew Flintoff and Learie Constantine rub shoulders with Asbo-tag-wearing all-rounders, there's hot-pot pie and mushy peas at the tea bar, two types of mild in the clubhouse, and a batsman is banned for a month for wearing a fireman's helmet when going out to face Joel Garner . . .

Abacus

Dribble!

Harry Pearson
Authors:
Harry Pearson

Ten years in the making, Dribble! is an A-Z of credulity-twanging facts and stories about what Pele once memorably dubbed 'my bloody job'. It includes definitive explanations of everyday phrases such as 'the magic of the cup' and 'low centre of gravity'; a complete guide to becoming a terrace character and an in-depth account of how Roy Keane's pyjamas got him a smack on the nose . . . It also addresses hitherto ignored aspects of the beautiful game, including its longstanding relationship with Country and Western. Johnny Cash dubbed himself 'The Man in Black' in homage to his idol, referee Arthur Ellis and wrote what is arguably the greatest song ever written about the life of an assistant referee - 'I Walk the Line'.

Abacus

Achtung Schweinehund!

Harry Pearson
Authors:
Harry Pearson

This is a book about men and war. Not real conflict but war as it has filtered down to generations of boys and men through toys, comics, games and movies. Harry Pearson belongs to the great battalion of British men who grew up playing with toy soldiers - refighting World War II - and then stopped growing up. Inspired by the photos of the gallant pilot uncles that decorated the wall above his father's model-making table, by Sergeant Hurricane, Action Man and Escape from Colditz, dressed in Clarks' commando shoes and with the Airfix Army in support, he battled in the fields and on the beaches, in his head and on the sitting-room floor and across his bedroom ceiling. And thirty years later he still is.ACHTUNG SCHWEINEHUND! is a celebration of those glory days, a boy's own story of the urge to play, to conquer - and to adopt very bad German accents, shouting 'Donner und Blitzen' at every opportunity. This is a tale of obsession, glue and plastic kits. It is the story of one boy's imaginary war and where it led him.

Abacus

A Tall Man In A Low Land

Harry Pearson
Authors:
Harry Pearson

Most British travel writers head south for a destination that is hot, exotic, dangerous or all three. Harry Pearson chose to head in the opposite direction for a country which is damp, safe and of legendary banality: Belgium. But can any nation whose most famous monument is a statue of a small boy urinating really be that dull? Pearson lived there for several months, burying himself in the local culture. He drank many of the 800 different beers the Belgians produce; ate local delicacies such as kip kap (jellied pig cheeks) and a mighty tonnage of chicory and chips. In one restaurant the house speciality was 'Hare in the style of grandmother'. 'I didn't order it. I quite like hare, but had no wish to see one wearing zip-up boots and a blue beret.' A TALL MAN IN A LOW LAND commemorates strange events such as The Festival of Shrimps at Oostduinkerke and laments the passing of the Underpant Museum in Brussels. No reader will go away from A TALL MAN IN A LOW LAND without being able to name at least ten famous Belgians. Mixing evocative description and low-grade buffoonery Harry Pearson paints a portrait of Belgium that is more rounded than a Smurf after a night on the mussels.

Abacus

Racing Pigs And Giant Marrows

Harry Pearson
Authors:
Harry Pearson
Abacus

The Far Corner

Harry Pearson
Authors:
Harry Pearson

A book in which Wilf Mannion rubs shoulders with The Sunderland Skinhead: recollections of Len Shakleton blight the lives of village shoppers: and the appointment of Kevin Keegan as manager of Newcastle is celebrated by a man in a leather stetson, crooning 'For The Good Times' to the accompaniment of a midi organ, THE FAR CORNER is a tale of heroism and human frailty, passion and the perils of eating an egg mayonnaise stottie without staining your trousers.

Charlie Connelly

Charlie Connelly is a freelance writer specialising in European sport and travel and has written for BBC Match of the Day magazine, Four Four Two, Time Out and the award-winning Scottish Sunday Herald Magazine.

Chris Dixon

Chris Dixon was the founding online editor at SURFER magazine and has been a writer or correspondent on roughly 200 assignments for THE NEW YORK TIMES, a features writer for MEN'S JOURNAL, and he has written an online travelogue for Jimmy Buffett. This is his first book.

Dave Anderson

Dave Anderson is one of the leading American sportswriters of our time. He began writing for The New York Times in 1966 and was given his own column in 1971. He was inducted into the National Sports Writers and Sportscasters Hall of Fame in 1990. Anderson is the author of 21 books and has written more than 350 magazine articles. He resides in Tenafly, New Jersey.

Eben Weiss

Eben Weiss is the blogger behind bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com and the author of Bike Snob, Bike Snob Abroad, and The Enlightened Cyclist. He also writes a column in Bicycling magazine. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Gary Myers

Gary Myers is the NFL columnist for the New York Daily News. He has authored four books: The Catch, a look at the iconic 1981 NFC Championship Game between the Cowboys and 49ers; Coaching Confidential, which details the pressures of being an NFL head coach; the New York Times bestseller Brady vs. Manning, an inside look at the greatest rivalry in NFL history; and My First Coach, which explores the many interesting facets to NFL quarterbacks and their relationships with their fathers. Myers has been covering the NFL since 1978. He was a member of the cast of HBO's Inside The NFL and the YES Network's This Week in Football. Currently the host of WFAN's 'Chalk Talk,' he is a voter for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a former adjunct professor at Syracuse University.

Geoffrey Budworth

Geoffrey Budworth co-founded the International Guild of Knot Tyers in 1982 and regularly contributes to its quarterly journal, Knotting Matters. He's been described as the father of forensic knotting and occasionally gives evidence in court as an expert witness of knots found at crime scenes. Budworth is a well-known personality and author in the world of knots.

Harry Pearson

Harry Pearson was born and brought up on the edge of Teesside. He is the author of eight works of non-fiction. The Far Corner - A Mazy Dribble through North-East Football, was runner-up for the William Hill Prize and has been named as one of the Fifty Greatest Sports Books of All Time by both the Observer and The Times. He wrote a weekly sports column in the Guardian from 1996 to 2012, and won the 2011 MCC/Cricket Society Prize for his book about Northern club cricket, Slipless in Settle. He lives in Northumberland.

Jim White

Jim White writes on sport for the DAILY TELEGRAPH, presents Scottish Television's Champions' League coverage and is movie critic of WORD magazine.Jim White was brought up in Manchester, educated at Manchester Grammar School and on the terraces of Old Trafford. After a degree in English at Bristol University, he became a freelance magazine writer specialising in pop music, before joining the launch team at the INDEPENDENT in 1986. Ten years later he decamped to the GUARDIAN, before taking a right turn to the TELEGRAPH in 2003. He has worked extensively for both BBC Radio 4 and Radio 5 (winning a Sony Gold Award in 2001) and for BBC television (including a stint as reporter on BBC2's Travel Show) and has written and presented a number of television documentaries, including an RTS-nominated examination of the Jose Mourinho 'phenomenon'. He has also published several books about football issues, including the award-winning ARE YOU WATCHING, LIVERPOOL?, the inside story of Manchester United's 1993-94 season.

Josh Leventhal

Josh Leventhal is an editor and the author of the best-selling book Take Me Out to the Ballpark, The World Series: An Illustrated History of the Fall Classic, and Baseball Yesterday & Today, among others. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Marcus Berkmann

Marcus Berkmann has spent more than thirty years sitting in front of various television screens swearing at incompetent England batsmen. In his leisure time he has written columns on sport for Punch, the Independent on Sunday and the Daily Express. He is a regular contributor to Private Eye and has been the Spectator's pop music critic for over twenty years. His books include Rain Men: The Madness of Cricket, Zimmer Men: The Trials and Tribulations of the Ageing Cricketer, Fatherhood: The Truth and A Matter of Facts: The Insider's Guide to Quizzing

Mark Frost

Mark Frost has written and produced several television series, including Hill Street Blues and Twin Peaks.

Matt Christopher

Matt Christopher is the beloved and bestselling name behind more than 100 sports-themed books for young readers.