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ISBN: 9780857042484
AUTHOR: Charles Wood
Bats & Belters
Bats & Belters
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Towards the close of the 1970s Somerset cricket has nothing in the trophy cabinet. But stars Beefy, Big Bird and Smokey might help change this. Supporters are hopeful. None more so than those of Snickworthy, a rural backwater, with the Belters, the village cricket team of hapless eccentrics, undeterred despite tribulations.

A hunky punk calamity and the mystery of the brown fedora meld with accusations of kidnap and playing curling with a tortoise on an away weekend at Lord’s. Not to mention the match to decide the futures of a gurt, pet pig and a shaggy, blind bull.

But top of the order is the question of whether Lady Rosemary’s ‘accident’ was actually murder. As events collide camaraderie is shaken to the core by the cricket-loathing, saddle-loving Margie, a very resourceful young lady. The arrival of Henry, an unlikely cravat wearing ‘furriner’ with a guide to self-sufficiency, makes for a whole stinky kit bag of kerfuffle as the Belters struggle to survive.

This riotous novel by a doyen amongst West Country cricket writers Charles Wood will delight all lovers of the glorious 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.

Instead, he has preferred to eke out an existence in the Somerset custom of self-employment. In recent years he has written more than eight books on Somerset and cricket themes whilst also finding time to be a documentary filmmaker, an occasional broadcaster on BBC local radio, an illustrator, a writer of fairy tales, and a part-time college lecturer. He admits to an enjoyment of poddling through the lighter side of life’s rich tapestry, relieved that he has never been bankrupt. He lives in the West Country.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 248 4, hardback, 210x148mm, 160 pages. Published October 2014.

 
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Award winning cameraman Charles Wood explores the hidden corners of Devon. A must for every lover of Devon's fascinating past and rural beauty. Region 0 (all countries) DVD - approximately 60 minutes running time.
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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.
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How to Survive in SomersetHow to Survive in Somerset - £12.99
A blend of the satirical and the poignant, this is book for the long suffering local, the goggle-eyed grockle, the filmstar bearing guns, the well-heeled city type seeking rustic charm, or merely the inquisitive intrigued by ‘How to Survive in Somerset’. By Charles Wood. 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.
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Bats Pads & Cider (pdf e-book)Bats Pads & Cider (pdf e-book) - £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.
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