The Season That Was

Plumber Stephen Smith’s life had become tedious. He had slipped into an ever-decreasing spiral of work and beer. He was rapidly getting old before his time.

But an unexpected telephone call changed everything.

Now Steve Smith could do what he really wanted to do. He could write a story, slag off his old cricketing mates and get paid for the privilege. Stephen Smith was a very happy man indeed. More

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About John Meller

John was born in Nottingham in 1950. Having passed his 11 plus, he moved on to a local Grammar school, where he achieved a modicum of educational success. In 1968 he was accepted by the local Regional College of Technology (now Nottingham Trent University), on a four year Quantity Surveying degree sandwich course. He obtained his BSc in 1972, and then joined the local office of a national quantity surveying practice. He achieved RICS qualification in 1973. In later years he set up his own Project Management and Quantity Surveying business, which in 2013 is still going strong despite John’s personal retirement in 2000. Nowadays John occasionally carries out property development tasks, by purchasing and upgrading domestic properties for sale or rent.

John met Judith in 1981, and they married two years later. Judith went on to become headteacher of a local Infant and Nursery school. They now live in Kegworth, adjacent to East Midlands airport. They have no children.

During his school and business life, John began to take an active interest in many local sports. He became a county-standard hockey player, and a regular golfer. But his greatest love has always been cricket, and he has played for many years, albeit at a very average standard. At 62 he still turns out occasionally for a local club. John has also played social-level soccer, squash and tennis. His support for Nottingham Forest Football Club and Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club is lifelong.

John’s other interests include writing, trains, gardening, foreign holidays, and DIY.

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Review by: bobhall on Jan. 23, 2014 : (no rating)
If you have ever played village cricket you will know what a unique game it is and this book is for you. Full of nostalgia and wit the characters will all be familiar to you, I especially took to the vicar and the home team umpire and the story telling captures the spirit and essence of the game with a wonderfully light touch. It will transport you back to those halcyon days when cricket was played on the Village Green alongside the village pub in a spirit of competative cameraderie and sledging was light hearted fun involving the batsman's wife or girl friend or something you did in the winter recess.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: George B-S on Jan. 5, 2014 : (no rating)
I found it a brilliant read. It comically represents what a lot of village cricket is all about, while keeping to reality in the meantime. Being a teenage cricketer myself, I can understand the terms and rules of the sport, and the humour and banter involved. Although it is focused for the teenage generation, both younger and older, especially cricketers, will absolutely love reading this book.
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
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