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Slipless in Settleis a search for the more dignified cricketing world of the ladies in flowery frocks, a nostalgic journey through northern League and village cricket, through mill towns, Dales hamlets, and pit villages where the pub is named after former-West Indies captain Rohan Kanhai. In the manner of the author's William Hill-shortlisted The Far Corner,Slipless in Set ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Little, Brown Book Group (first published 2010)
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I'm still undecided as to whether the excruciating Stuart Maconie style pun of the title is the best or the worst thing about this book. Regardless, this is a fascinating and funny account of Northern club cricket, although some of Pearson's anecdotes and quotes seem rather too good to be true. Elderly working-class Northern women only say things like "He was as black as the ace of spades, but...he was a proper gentleman, and a hard worker, you make no mistake about that" in kitchen sink dramas ...more
Pearson travels around the Northern Cricket Leagues, encompassing Cumbria, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Northumbria, picking his way around club cricket and seeing how it survives in an era when virtually year-round Test and ODI matches make it hard to attract the star players, as they once did. The book describes the matches he viewed, along with brief pen-pictures of the grounds, their history, and the people he meets along the way.

Famous names loom large over proceedings: Learie Constantine, th
Bill Lawrence
The funniest book I've ever read. A great comic writer turns his eye on league cricket in the North of England. If you have no knowledge of the subject, you may get something out of it, but the joy comes when backed up with an affection for cricket and the northern character. Beautifully balanced between report of the games, the spectators, the history of the leagues and the great players of the game who made money as professionals in the league. A genuine pleasure to read, to the extent that I ...more
Derek Bell
Brilliant for it's title alone but a delightful book and marvellous companion piece to The Far Corner his superb travel through North East football. This is the perfect anti-dote to the shenanigans of first class cricket and the events of the summer just past. A fascinating social history of Norhern club cricket written with real warmth and genuine humour.
This is Harry Pearson at his best. When he tals about sport and Northern England there is no one who writes better. This is how Harry spent last summer going round local league cricket in the north. His descriptions are superb and his research just makes the book.
funny and humourous look at the grounds and characters which make up northern league cricket through its history , culture and the players whether overseas or form lancashire/durham/northumberland, cumbria and of course yorkshire
Roger Boyle
As recommended, I hugely enjoyed this. Low on sentimentality, very observant and very very funny.

Why not a 5? One chapter too many - I think he'd said it all well before the end.
Dave Hogg
Entertaining look at league cricket in England - it's like reading a travelogue of high-school football in the southern United States.
Peter Waller
Really good basic cricket writing
Nice. In a good way.
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