Close of Play

Close of Play

4.37 (16 ratings by Goodreads)
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Brian Clarke has an ordered life, a life of village 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 17.78mm | 272.16g
  • Rochester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 190927352X
  • 9781909273528
  • 2,280,682

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"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.
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About Philip Whiteley

PJ Whiteley, who writes non-fiction as Philip Whiteley, is an experienced author, principally about management. Close of Play is the first novel and he followed this with Marching on Together. He works from home full time as an author.
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16 ratings
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