Dickie Bird’s Britain by Dickie Bird with Keith Lodge lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Hodder & Stoughton, 2002, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;
From the cover: Dickie Birds Britain is about the people and events and places that make Dickie unashamedly proud to be British. On a Bank Holiday weekend he is delighted to be on Scarborough sands, or at York Races, but he is as much in his element discussing poultry rearing with the Duchess of Devonshire.
Welsh male voice choirs and Highland caber tossers are all grist to his mill, as much as pigeon racing and monster vegetable competitions. Yet a remote village church can always lure him in, if its open.
Dickie refreshes his memory by visiting Hambledon, the cradle of cricket, and where the MCC ladies are now included in the fixture list; then its on to the arena that gives him the most pleasure of all, to Lords, the mecca of cricket.
Some of those Dickie meets on his travels are celebrities, who, like him, have reached the top of their professions sports heroes such as Sir Steve Redgrave or media stars like Michael Parkinson but so many more are ordinary, but very special folk: Macmillan Nurses or the proprietor of his favourite Pennine transport cafe. Each encounter will as likely as not remind him of some ripe anecdote from his thirty years behind the stumps. But everywhere he goes, the nation s favourite umpire manages to bring out the best in the people he encounters, with his quirky curiosity and his ability to winkle out the genuine individualists and the passionately committed who make up the many-faceted face of Britain in the twenty-first century.
Dickie Bird earned the respect of everyone involved in the cricket world and has become a household name. However, Dickie Birds Britain will appeal not only to cricket lovers, but to anyone who enjoys an uplifting, heart-warming read.
Very Good+ in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Pictorial boards. 256 pages. 10″ x 7¾”.
This book will be eventually reach my delightful website…(added to my Travel British Isles category.) but get 60% off buying from this very blog blog… Buy it now for just £2.60 + P&P! Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!