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...
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
People who are probably older than me, from the North of England and remember much of what the author was talking about and of course love cricket.
Has Slipless in Settle put you off other books in this genre?
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
Occasionally I laughed at comments or observations but generally I was bored and I didn't think the narrator did enough research into how names of towns and villages were pronounced.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Any additional comments?
Unfortunately I found this book to be very dull indeed.
Where does Slipless in Settle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
An enjoyable accompaniment to motorway journeys - I have read some of Harry Pearson's other books and enjoy his wry and amusing observations of the quirky aspects on modern life. This book focuses on Northern league cricket and paints vivid pen portraits of its heroes and villains. It helps to have a working knowledge of the game but Harry Pearson's humour and anecdotes stop the narrative being too intense.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The game of cricket and all the characters who contribute to making it one of the greatest of England's many contributions to World Civilisation!
Have you listened to any of David Fleeshman’s other performances? How does this one compare?
David Fleeshman is an excellent narrator who brings the various characters to life and makes the sometimes detailed narrative easy to grasp - even when negotiating the M20 at rush hour.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Slipless in Settle - how the North made cricket its own
Any additional comments?
A very enjoyable book which brought back memories of my late father, a proud Yorkshireman and former league cricket umpire, who could easily have joined the cast of this book. Shortly before his death, I left a German friend with Dad whilst I popped to the shops. My friend had little English and my father had no German. I returned to find a bemused German looking at Dad's copy of '100 Years of Test Cricket', left open at the entry for F.S. Trueman - Dad just couldn't let this poor foreigner remain in benighted ignorance of the greatest living Yorkshireman!
what a fantastic book. it took me back to my playing days for long lee cc and to all the grounds I've played and watched. memories!!!