Fantasy Bob has to confess that more than ever this year his characteristically empty mind is uncharacteristically emptier than usual on the Christmas present front. An ideas free zone. A vacuum. A desert. Beyond anything previously known to science. So much so that Mrs FB went foraging for herself last week and came back with the news that she had bought her own Christmas present from him and was marginally grateful. Not as grateful as FB, who is thus spared hours of anxiety in posh jewellery shops whose CCTV systems focus on his shambling frame as soon as it crosses the threshold. He is usually approached by a polite assistant who smiles welcomingly and offers to help by saying 'Just keep your hands where we can see them, buddy.' Now that is service.
Anyway to return to something like the matter in hand - for those agonising over presents for cricket lovers, here is the top 3 cricket books that FB has read this year. He recommends them all:
- Duncan Hamilton - A Last English Summer - an extended essay on how cricket is changing world wide and how this impacts on the game at all levels.
- Michael Simmers - The Last Flannelled Fool - similar in intent to Hamilton's essay but, in FB's opinion, not quite so successful. Simmers is injured for a season and tours various cricket locations and meditates on what it all means.
- Jonathan Agnew - Thanks Johnners - an account of how Aggers got to where he is and how Johnners inspired him.
FB hopes that helps.