The Grade Cricketer
Sam Perry and Others
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
Welcome to the world of The Grade Cricketer. Described as the most original voice in cricket, The Grade Cricketer represents the fading hopes and dreams of every ageing amateur sportsman.
In this tell-all 'autobiography', The Grade Cricketer describes his cricketing career with unflinching honesty and plenty of humour, in turn providing insights into the hyper-masculine cricket 'dressing room'.
This one-time junior prodigy is now experiencing the lean, increasingly existential years of adult cricket. Here, he learns quickly that one will need more than just runs and wickets to make it in the alpha-dominated grade cricket jungle, where blokes like Nuggsy, Bruiser, Deeks and Robbo reign supreme.
Through it all, The Grade Cricketer lays bare his deepest insecurities - his relationship with Dad, his fleeting romances outside the cricket club - and, in turn, we witness a gentle maturation; a slow realisation that perhaps, just maybe, there is more to life than hitting 50 not out in third grade and enjoying a few celebratory beers afterwards.
Or is there?
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The Grade Cricketer book is based upon the popular Twitter account, @gradecricketer, which has received critical acclaim for its frighteningly honest portrayal of amateur cricket.
Now, the time has finally come for this middling amateur sportsman to tell his story in full.
'The Grade Cricketer is the finest tribute to a sport since Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch, and the best cricket book in yonks.
It's belly-laughing funny but it's also a hymn to the grand and complex game delivered with a narrative pace and ability I'm afraid most Test players don't have.
For anyone who ever dreamed of excelling at a sport but never quite made it but still gave it your life, this is the story. A great read!'
- Tom Keneally AO.
Like The Office But With Cricket
been a fan of the twitter account and was skeptical when I heard there was a book but this did not let me down! Pretty much laughed from cover to cover and have been quoting lines with a few guys from my work ever since. do yourself a favour. This isn’t so much a book about cricket as it is about men and australian men in particular!
The Grade Cricketer
A thoroughly enjoyable and relatable read for anybody who has played cricket at any level from juniors to grade cricket anywhere in Australia. It's written with humour and observations of behaviour that would have you believe that the author may well have been a teammate of either yours or mine at some stage throughout our cricketing journey. Whether it be laughing at a teammates dropped catch or poor throwing arm to wishing you were at the beach after been dismissed early it's all described as though it's happened to you or you've been there to witness it happening which is why I recommend reading this book, it may even help the Ladies understand what their Fella's go through on a week to week basis as cricketers.
Overall content is pretty good, but they laugh too much into the mic and there's one guy with a high pitched cackle that goes on for ages after a 'joke' makes it a bit tough to listen to sometimes