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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

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Felix has a remarkable way with words that you get a sense of on Tailenders when he's left to talk cricket, but it really comes into its own here. This is a moving and funny account about the highs and lows of growing up, slowly replacing an ambition to be a left arm spinner in his school team with the dazzling realities of being a guitarist in world renowned band. Felix explores the grief of losing his mother too young, and the security blanket that cricket provided and continues to provide, all the while striving to emulate his heroes by achieving greatness with his band. I also enjoyed the interviews he did with former test players from across many cricket playing nations.

His passion for the game is at the fore on the BBC ‘s number one cricket podcast and 5Live show, Tailenders, which he co-presents with Greg James and Jimmy Anderson. The show recorded 9 million listens/downloads in 2020 and won Best Live Show at the British Podcast Awards. I was often surprised and moved by his passionate understanding of cricket as comfort, consolation and rock and roll remedy. I like the Maccabees and I really like Tailenders (when it’s not being Jimmy Anderson propaganda) and I love cricket.I laughed and cried and like Felix cricket has been a part of my life (for over fifty years) Cricket is so often a metaphor for life and can be a tremendous force for good (check out cricketwithoutboundarie.

Culminating in the heart-stopping World Cup Final in 2019, the book finally answers that question fans have so often asked. 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. However, this book goes far deeper than just a celebration of cricket and music as it also explores Felix's life as a whole, with themes of grief, love and purpose.It's Always Summer Somewhere is his funny, heartbreaking and endlessly engaging love letter to the game.

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