Thanks to all those who got in touch to buy inscribed copies of my post war oral history of the club 'In Their Own Words'.
I am now down to the last half dozen copies of the book and new copies are now selling on Amazon for over £30, with stock seemingly in short supply.
A recent review on Amazon called it 'a
brilliant book not only for a life-time Derbyshire supporter such as
myself, but also for any cricket enthusiast with a deep love of the
wonderful game of cricket. Every story is fascinating and in many cases
there are amusing anecdotes which verify the spirit in which the game
was played. A great piece of work'.
It tells the story of life on the county cricket circuit since the last war, told by the people who played the game for Derbyshire and were among its major characters. Opened with what was for me a memorable interview with the late Walter Goodyear, it travels through the 1950s with Harold Rhodes, Edwin Smith and Keith Mohan, on into the 1960s with Peter Eyre, Peter Gibbs and Brian Jackson. Legends such as Bob Taylor, John Wright and Devon Malcolm are included, while county stalwarts Alan Hill and Tony Borrington's memories of the pace attacks of the 1970s and 80's are memorable.
My remaining copies are available, inscribed as you wish, for £14, including second-class postage.
If you have a Derbyshire fan in your life, I am grateful for the fact that it has enjoyed excellent reviews and has been enjoyed. I am equally happy that non-county fans have enjoyed its memories of the county game as it changed over seventy summers.
A good Christmas present and, as the old advert used to say, when it's gone, it's gone.
Contact me now to get yours in time for Christmas, with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
And thanks to everyone who has already bought it and for your positive comments.