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Book Title: It Never Rains ... A Cricketer's Lot|
Date of issue: 1984
ISBN 13: 9780047960857
The author of the book: Peter Roebuck
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.82 MB
Edition: George Allen & Unwin
Read full description of the books It Never Rains ... A Cricketer's Lot:Peter Roebuck's debut as a writer of cricket books was hailed with the enthusiastic reception for his 'Slices of Cricket'. Through that book and his many magazine articles, he has achieved the unusual distinction of being regarded as a leading cricket writer while still playing in the first-class game. Further, as a dressing room colleague, he is in a unique position to observe three of the greatest players in the mordern game - Richards, Botham and Garner.
He has now produced an account of one first-class cricketer's progress through a season. Scores and statistics are not as important as an analysis of how his own state of mind varied according to his own and his team's success or failure. While shrewd in its judgements on team-mates and opponents, the work's appeal is as a book of introspection; never before has cricket's ability to generate personal elation and gloom been so graphically described.
The season in question had plenty of both as the Somerset side took the NatWest Bank Trophy and came second in the Jonh Player League only on a technicality. The other, non-glamorous side of the professional cricketer's life is the effort to whip up enthusiasm on a cold, September afternoon; the interminable cross-country drives; the succession of soulless hotel rooms; the inevitable tensions in a party thrown together away from home.
For Peter Roebuck, the search for perfection is the justification for playing cricket, yet he is claar-sighted enought to know that perfection cannot be attained. He describes with honesty and sensitivity this dilemma, his efforts to resolve it, and how it affected his state of mind throughout the season.
Read information about the authorPeter Michael Roebuck was born in Oxford and attended Millfield School in Glastonbury where his mother was a maths teacher and his father an economics teacher. He later went on to Cambridge University, where he won his cricket blue.
His cricketing ability was quickly recognised and he made his debut for Somerset Second Eleven at the age of 13. He made his first team debut in 1974 and went on to make over 17,000 runs, including 33 centuries, until he retired in 1991. He also captained an England XI in Holland and was one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year in 1988.
He entered journalism and wrote his first cricket books while still playing the game. In the English winters he went to Australia where he played Grade cridcket for Waverley and taught at Cranbrook School in Sydney.
He is now a full-time writer and commentator while spending his time between Pietermaritzburg in South Africa and Sydney.
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