Felix White's beautifully, elegantly and passionately written book reminds me why I love cricket so much. And reading, come to that.
This is a tender, hilarious and perceptive coming-of-age tale to make both your heart and sides ache. Felix White has delivered a phenomenal writing debut.
Like his bowling action, Felix White's honest and slightly nutty memoir has a lovely loop to it. I was often surprised and moved by his passionate understanding of cricket as comfort, consolation and rock and roll remedy.
The love of cricket is both communal and individual. Felix has a wonderful knack of evoking both in a book full of life, joy and resilience.
I f**king loved this book! Felix White writes beautifully about his complete and utter love of music and cricket, but this story is so much more than that. At the heart of it is a little boy dealing with profound loss. He does this through his total immersion in his two passions, one of which he watches from afar and through the other, he forms a band. This resonated hugely.
Felix writes so beautifully, with humour and sensitivity, about family and loss, about the emotional power of music, and about perennial cricketing underachievement. I loved it.
A deeply moving book on both the large and the small of life, and how each is used to help survive the other. Cricket is both a metaphor for slow grief and the means of escaping it. The trivial becomes vital.
Whether you love cricket or are confused by the rules, you'll still enjoy this. Felix's writing is warm and witty. A joy to read.
A beautifully evocative book about the three most important things in the world: love, sport and music.
It's in such a tender way that Felix tells his story of loss - so perceptively intertwined are the passions that nourish him and the lovely, loopy game that he can't look away from. A special and beautiful book.
Felix's charmingly written voyage of self-discovery through cricket and music reminds us of the power in understanding the hands we are dealt, and how the journey itself is one to embrace.