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ISBN: 9780857041692
AUTHOR: Charles Wood
Bats Pads & Gladiators
Bats Pads & Gladiators
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Cricketing author and commentator Charles Wood turns his attention to the Glories of Gloucestershire. But although he touches on the prime Gloucestershire years of the ‘artful old toad’ W.G., Wally Hammond, and R.C. ‘Jack’ Russell MBE, while skipping over a fair share of tears and doldrums – be warned this book is not a club history. Drawn from interviews and conversations with a wide range of former players both professional and amateur, club officials, broadcast commentators, die-hard spectators and competitive tea ladies, the content herein shouldn’t be taken too seriously because, simply, it is often completely hilarious.

The tales are legion. Take as examples the cricketing ‘spirit’ upon Sheepscombe’s Laurie Lee Field, or those Pratt Cup cricketers changing into whites in the billiard room of a North Nibley mansion overshadowed by Breakheart Hill.

Neither should one overlook the parrot that squawked ‘GLAWSTER!’ nor the bizarre connections to be found as far afield as the islands of Nevis and Corfu.

And now, resplendent in blue pyjamas, the County’s cricket pros led by Captain ‘Giddo’ Gidman call themselves ‘Gladiators’, and hope springs eternal. Taken as a whole, the author has unearthed a worldwide passion for Gloucestershire cricket that’s alive and well, and full to the brim with eccentricity and odd statistics. A tome to be enjoyed by every lover of the ‘summer game’.

Charles Wood gave up the legal profession, and the stress of work in Libya and Hong Kong, yearning for the artistic life. For the past twenty years he has just about managed to avoid wearing a tie to work or getting grubby.

Before turning to writing he was a self-taught documentary filmmaker, and also worked as a cameraman for BBC and ITV news. In 1997 he made Grace and Favour, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club’s first official club video. His film Dragons – The Story of a Country Parson was broadcast on HTV in 1999. And in 2005 he was the first Englishman to win a documentary film award in the Republic of Moldova. Charles has also found time to be fulltime dad of four, an illustrator, a parttimecollege lecturer, a part-time school teacher, and an occasional BBC radio broadcaster.

He now admits to his enjoyment of cricket and poddling through the lighter side of life’s rich tapestry, relieved that he has never been bankrupt. He lives with his family in the West Country.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 169 2, hardback, 210x148mm, 160 pages. Published September 2012.

Somerset - The Summer LandSomerset - The Summer Land - £9.99
Journey with Charles Wood and discover the secrets and wonders of England’s cider country. Region 0 (all countries) DVD. Approximately 60 minutes running time.
Charles Wood's Somerset Quiz BookCharles Wood's Somerset Quiz Book - £8.99
Drawing from the small print of history and personal experience Charles Wood teases and warms hearts in this entertaining Somerset Quiz Book. This is an ideal companion for goggle-eyed grockles and inquisitive settlers wondering what they have let them-selves in for – and a useful refresher for natives whose history, geography and just about everything else leans toward ciderous befuddlement. Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
Surviving Another Somerset YearSurviving Another Somerset Year - £12.99
In this sequel to his bestseller, How to Survive in Somerset, Charles Wood ‘desnuglifies’ himself from beneath a Wiveliscombe duvet to rediscover that beyond his warped blue front door the English county he loves is still alive and kicking. Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
Charles Wood's Second Somerset Quiz BookCharles Wood's Second Somerset Quiz Book - £8.99
After the happy head scratching over his Somerset Quiz Book, and by public demand, it’s high time for Charles Wood to become quizzical again and do his level best to tease and entertain once more in this Somerset Quiz Book Mark 2.
Bats Pads & CiderBats Pads & Cider - £12.99
Compiled during the vintage season of 2010, here are vaulted stories and little histories of cricketing characters both famous and, perhaps, not so much, to charm and to wince at between innings, dredged from a cricket mad soggy county that the author, Charles Wood, loves to his apple core. Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
Exmoor AmourExmoor Amour - £12.99
Charles Wood's emotion spring had begun to flow again. It was the ‘Ex’ in Exmoor that made things so disconcerting. Long ago he ceased to refer to the place as ‘it’ but as ‘her’. And now, like an old flame, memories of her still burned happily after a lengthy separation. And then, on the other hand, not so happily – like a grockle fire that makes charcoal of heather and gorse. Such are the foibles of the heart – of amour ..... Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
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