It's Always Summer Somewhere: A Matter of Life and Cricket - A BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK & SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLE

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It's Always Summer Somewhere: A Matter of Life and Cricket - A BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK & SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLE

It's Always Summer Somewhere: A Matter of Life and Cricket - A BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK & SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLE

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Neither of his parents - from Lebanon and the Isle of Wight - were into the game, so it is a slight mystery to everyone that he took to it as much as he did. It’s Always Summer Somewhere is his funny, heartbreaking and endlessly engaging love letter to the game. Through his own exploits as a slow left arm spinner of 'lovely loopy stuff', to the tragic illness of his mother, life with The Maccabees and his cricket redemption, Felix touches on both the comedic and the tragic in equal measure.

To be able to weave these three topics together so beautifully and seamlessly is quite a skill - there’s something here for everyone, and don’t be put off if you don’t watch cricket! I knew from the introduction that this would go straight into my list of favourite books, driven in part by my pre-existing bias based on my love for The Maccabees. Having followed the Maccabees when they were active, and keeping in touch with Felix's writing on Cricket, I had been looking forward to this book. I heard Felix being interviewed on the Test Match Special podcast and thought his book sounded interesting. Through his own exploits as a slow left arm spinner of ‘lovely loopy stuff’, to the tragic illness of his mother, life with The Maccabees and his cricket redemption, Felix touches on both the comedic and the tragic in equal measure.With his infectious passion for the sport and vivid observations, you don't have to like cricket to love this. Robert Westall grew up on Tyneside during the 1930s and 40s, the only child of remarkable parents and grandparents. However, as someone around the same age - I was born a few months after Felix, who grew up attempting to bowl lovely loopy stuff, watching (and falling in love with) the England cricket test team toiling away in the 90s, who also supports the same county side (Surrey), and also developed similar musical tastes from Oasis, through to the Strokes, Interpol etc, growing up and maturing, *and* then was at university during the rise of the Maccabees (still a live gig highlight) and that musical era, I felt often very closely twinned with the very relatable accounts of these shared experiences. From school-day horrors and mud flinging fun to nights at Liverpool’s punk club, Eric’s, Sergeant was fuelled by and thrived on music.

It isn’t a sad book by any means though and I loved his tails of his early love of cricket and getting to love his guitar. If you're aiming for an in-depth analysis of the inner workings of the higher echelons of English cricket, this might not be for you. Felix looks back at the last 20 years of the sport and unpacks the most poignant moments; both cultural touchstones for the game and unflinching personal events. It's Always Summer Somewhere is his funny, heartbreaking and endlessly engaging love letter to the game. I’ve never written a book review before, but felt compelled to do so for Felix White’s wonderful autobiographical book.I admit to having to stop reading a couple of times towards the end as I didn’t want to cry on the train I was on! His debut book, ‘It’s Always Summer Somewhere’, a memoir on a life lived through the love of cricket and music while processing young grief, is a Sunday Times Bestseller and has received widespread praise and plaudits from revered names across the arts and sports worlds, including Stephen Fry, Pete Paphides and Toby Jones. I am a big fan of Test Cricket, and enjoy Tailenders the Podcast (although am not in their target demographic probably!



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