Book Signing at Somerset County Sports on Monday

Authors Stephen Hill and Barry Phillips will be at the Cooper Associates County Ground on Monday signing copies of their latest book.

Somerset Cricketers 1919 – 1939 continues the authors’ compelling odyssey through the early history of cricket in the county.

Having previously introduced readers to the lives of the men who played for Somerset prior to the First World War, Stephen and Barry now turn their attention to those who made their debut between the wars.

A surprising number of them – 124 in total – were drafted into the side in those twenty-one seasons. Some of them will be familiar to Somerset supporters such as Arthur Wellard and Harold Gimblett who were once idolised by West Country schoolboys. The majority though were amateurs, often ill-equipped for the First Class game. Their cricketing exploits may not have been much to write home about but many of them lived extraordinary lives.

Leaving no stone unturned as they researched the exploits of these men, the authors have offered up an enjoyable journey through Somerset’s cricketing past with fascinating detours as they reveal men who fell into the depths of despair or set about changing the world for the better.

Businessmen and clergymen, war heroes and scoundrels, innovators and trouble-makers: we meet men from every walk of life and we find out how Somerset cricket linked together the fortunes of these disparate characters.

Stephen and Barry will be at Somerset County Sports during the lunch interval on day one of our Specsavers County Championship match against Middlesex to sign copies of the new book which will also be available to buy at a cost of £16.99.

To access the book signing you must have a matchday ticket or be a Somerset CCC Member.

Their previous publication, Somerset Cricketers 1882 – 1914 will also be available.

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