Review: Death of a Gentleman

After the success and positive feedback of my last review, which looked at the quirky cricket book “The Grade Cricketer”, it seems high time that I have a closer look at another cultural cricket offering out this month.

“Death of a Gentleman” is a documentary film from cricket journalists Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber and has been highly anticipated in the cricketing world for years. Now showing regularly in the UK, the film is set to come out on DVD soon in Australia – and it’s sure to be already turning heads amongst the cricket establishment. Continue reading

The Grade Cricketer: recommended reading

Grade cricketer_bookcoverBased on the cult Twitter account of the same name, “The Grade Cricketer” tells the story of a mythical 30-something Grade cricketer and his club, as he struggles from minor success to failure every Saturday, summer after summer.

As you can probably imagine, I’ve read a lot of cricket books in my time… a lot of them. But here is a book I wanted to write about especially, as it really stood out for me. “The Grade Cricketer” is unique for two reasons. Firstly, because it unmasks the often forgotten engine room of Australian cricket, known to those that play it, simply as “Grade.” Secondly, because it dances a cheeky and at times crude jig in the face of the new, highly-marketed image of Aussie cricket. Let me explain what I’m getting at…
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Welcome to the new year!

MosmanDaily_Dec2013Now recharged after returning from Australia, it’s time for me to wish you all a belated Happy New Year!

My trip down under was enjoyable as it allowed me to catch up with family and friends and do some press for my new book “Batting for Berlin”. I did a bunch of interviews with various radio channels from Sydney and around Australia, such as the ABC, 2GB and 4BC (Brisbane).

I also landed in my local newspaper, the Mosman Daily. That was quite an honour. After all these years living in Germany, it’s been a while since I appeared in there!! Continue reading