Congratulations to Little, Brown author Harry Pearson, who has won the Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year Award 2011 for Slipless in Settle.
The prize was presented last night at Lord's by chair of judges Vic Marks and beat four other shortlisted titles to the prize.
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, places with names that sound like 1930s comedians, places that look straight out of The League of Gentlemen, because they are where it was filmed. 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.
The Sunday Telegraph said: "By turns wry, tender and bawdy, Pearson's prose is none the less as steady and measured as a glob of gravy running down the side of a Yorkshire pudding. For anyone wishing to sample 'cricket with the crusts on', Slipless in Settle is well worth the detour".
This award-winning cricketing memoir is available now in paperback from all good bookstores and online retailers, r.r.p. £12.99.
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