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Following On: A Memoir of Teenage Obsession and Terrible Cricket (Hardback)
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Following On: A Memoir of Teenage Obsession and Terrible Cricket (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 21/04/2016
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As a teenager, Emma John fell deeply in love. Nothing unusual there I agree, but the object of her affection was somewhat more unorthodox. The England cricket team of the '90s is not heralded as a wonderful evocation of all that is great about the game, but Emma fell head over bails for Athers, Tuffers et al. In this wonderfully witty and engaging book, Johns examines the appeal of glorious draws snatched from the jaws of defeat and the victories that seemed to offer hope only to be proved false dawns yet again. Her interviews with many of the protagonists (Stewart, Thorpe, Russell, Ramprakash to name just a few) are informative and offer an excellent insight into the team dynamics. Andy Caddick is a particularly interesting character. Following On is a great read and comparisons to books like Fever Pitch or Boys of Summer, which also tells of childhood sporting infatuations, seem inevitable. A thoroughly enjoyable and well-written book. You'll be hooked from the 1st page!

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781472916877
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 572 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 30 mm


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Truly original, clever, funny, poignant and passionate. * Clare Balding *
Wittily and charmingly combines adolescent excess with grown-up irony and perspective. Sport hasn't seen anything quite like this. * Simon Barnes *
Emma's memoir somehow manages to be the story of my own youth. It is a touching and funny account of a cricketing era that though recent also feels very long gone. * Miles Jupp *
A winner - funny, warm, perceptive, and wonderfully evocative. Highly recommended. * Michael Simkins *
Deftly comic, wonderfully true, for anyone who has ever thought that England, chasing 600 in the fourth innings, just might do it. * Gideon Haigh *
A beautifully constructed and painfully honest memoir of blind loyalty to an unworthy sporting team. * Lynne Truss *
Wonderful, funny, elegantly turned and strikingly perceptive. Above all it has a warmth you don't often find in cricket writing. * Marcus Berkmann *
I have read a fair few cricket books but none like this.... Consistently witty and full of wonder. * Arthur Smith *
A fresh and lively read * The Observer *
A gloriously funny yet poignant memoir * The Guardian *
It is in equal measure funny, insightful, perceptive, illuminating and best of all a jolly good cricket read * www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk *
A witty and thoughtful recollection of growing up as a sports-mad girl in the Nineties * School Sport *
A funny and touching memoir * School Sport *
Following On is the wonderful story of John's rather unhealthy teenage obsession with England's finest set of losers ... It is a very funny depiction of why cricket touches you, however bad the team is that you follow * The Cricket Paper *
A real treat of a book, that will gladden the hearts of any cricket lover over 25, and broaden the horizons of anyone under. * All Out Cricket *
John met and interviewed 11 players of the Nineties for her book ... She recounts their stories with wit, warmth and perceptiveness' * New Statesman *
A witty, wry memoir ... the comparisons to Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch are justified * Independent i *

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“"You'll be hooked from the 1st page!"”

As a teenager, Emma John fell deeply in love. Nothing unusual there I agree, but the object of her affection was somewhat more unorthodox. The England cricket team of the '90s is not heralded as a wonderful... More

“Read it in a day !”

Reminded me very much of my teenage years and rushing home from school to watch cricket on terrestrial telly!
And the fact my football team Luton town get mentioned was the icing on the cake !
Well worth a read

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