Close of Play

Close of Play

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"I stood, entranced, holding the card as I re-read it and gently traced my forefinger over the signature, enchanted at receiving such a rare gift. For a brief, beautiful moment I imagined being there with her, walking on the bleak sandy beach, shaking the sand out of our walking boots and tidying our tousled hair. The sensation disappeared rapidly and all I had was the card, which I placed on the mantelpiece." Brian Clarke has an ordered life, a life of weekend cricket, solid principles, and careful interaction with those around him. He is resolutely fending off advancing middle-age with a straight bat, determined to defend his wicket against life's occasional fast balls. Then he meets Elizabeth - a gentle, caring, genuinely selfless soul who is a glowing bloom amongst the ordered hedgerows of his existence. As Elizabeth demands Brian's interest - and breathes hope into his heart - he must reassess his self-defined role as the lone batsmen and fight to find the courage to fall in love. Or risk losing her forever. Close of Play is a thoughtful, funny, beautifully honest story of love and manners. It's a tale of missed opportunities and a chance at redemption - and the fear of opening our hearts to another when we think we've forgotten how to love.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 196 x 18mm | 272g
  • Urbane Publications
  • Rochester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 190927352X
  • 9781909273528
  • 1,828,438

About P. J. Whiteley

PJ Whiteley, who writes non-fiction as Philip Whiteley, is an experienced author, principally about management. He has written extensively about how low wages are bad for business, as part of a bid to try to convince economists that society consists of people. Taking a break from this Quixotic task, he has turned his hand to comedy, seizing on the potential of men preferring to play or watch sport than talk about their feelings and stuff. Close of Play is the first in a planned series of three sports-themed novels, centring on perennial themes of the human condition: love, loss, hope, life choices and that nagging feeling in the back of the mind that you may not fully be up to date with how your team is doing. PJ Whiteley's boyhood ambition was to represent Yorkshire Cricket Club. He gave up playing as an amateur a few years ago when facing the quicker bowlers became a bit too tricky, but still plays five-a-side football. He works from home full time as an author and is married to a sex therapist, so things could have turned out worse.show more

Review quote

"I loved this. As with Outside Edge, it's not just the cricket, it's old life itself. Will happily commend Close of Play heartily. Howzat?" - Robert Daws, 'Roger Dervish' from TV sitcom Outside Edge.show more
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