As a proud chronicler of things that really matter
in Norfolk it was inevitable that Keith Skipper’s
thoughts should turn to ‘a balmy evening of
reflection’ on the wonderful world of local cricket.
The self-styled ‘Boy at Cowpat Corner’ (that
hazardous territory lined with strange bumps, rabbit
holes and cattle calling-cards) here provides a
charming reverie based on a lifelong passion for
the game nurtured through a long family association
with a village club in the middle of the county.
Beginning as a Saturday scorer “the pen has always
been mightier than the sward in my case” and often
a last-minute recruit when one of the regulars had
to cry off through work on the farm, Keith writes
about his ‘highly-extinguished’ playing career which
after years of under-achieving out in the middle
gave way, to his life as journalist, broadcaster and
Now, with a little help from countless old friends on
and off the pitch, he recalls charismatic characters,
memorable matches, delectable settings and amusing
yarns collected over the golden seasons. Special
matches and colourful characters pour out of the
pavilion to declare this a perfectly-paced addition
to the Skipper series.
Keith Skipper has been writing and
talking passionately about his native
Norfolk for a living and for pleasure
since leaving grammar school at
Swaffham in 1962. He has published
over 30 books, many of them celebrating
Norfolk’s unbridled delight in
“dewin’ diffrunt”, and was founder
chairman of Friends Of Norfolk
Dialect (FOND), set up over a decade
ago to promote and preserve a
precious strand of local culture.
led the Press Gang, a troupe of local
entertainers, around theatres and -
village halls for 25 years and remains
constantly in demand as a speaker at
all kinds of functions. He was appointed
a Deputy Lieutenant of the
County in 2003 and awarded an MBE
in the Queen’s New Year Honours
four years later.
These rewards underline
deep pride in “a wonderful place
on the Road to Nowhere where I
want to grow old gratefully.”
Keith lives in Cromer on the North
Norfolk coast with wife Diane.They
have two grown-up sons, Danny and
Robin. Father gave up playing cricket
when they were old enough to realise
he was highly unlikely to improve.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 074 9, hardback, 210x148, 128 pages. Published October 2010.
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