Settling the Score

£7.99

Peter Gibbs

19/07/2012 | Paperback |

ISBN: 9780413777362

About Settling the Score

 

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2013 CRICKET SOCIETY & MCC BOOK AWARD

 

'Settling the Score reeks of real life memories matched by a totally believable atmosphere and colourful dramatis personae … stylishly written, strong plot and sub-plot, grabbing your interest from page one, with a satisfying closing of the paperback at the finale. It’s highly recommended…'

All Out Cricket, October 2012

 

‘Very well plotted and absolutely authentic both on and off the field of play.’

Christopher Martin-Jenkins

 

Settling the Score takes us behind the scenes of a County Championship match played in the late 1960s, during which the apparently mundane mid-table tussle turns into a tale of bitter personal rivalry and betrayal both on and off the field.

 

Anyone familiar with de Selincourt’s nostalgic story of The Cricket Match where villagers gather on a fine summer’s day to play the game, will find Settling the Score a revealing and sometimes humorous antidote. Indeed the contrast between amateur and professional cricket could not be more marked than in Gibbs’ account of a three-day match at the end of a decade that saw the demise of the ‘amateur’ first-class cricketer and the birth of the limited-over formats which are such a staple of today’s professional game.

 

As one former cricketer put it after reading the book, ‘if all the matches had been like this one, playing careers would have been considerably shorter.’

 

‘Terrific … Unputdownable… Has there ever, ever been a more vivid, knowing or believable novel about sport? Settling the Score is like a great batsman’s great innings – measured at first, methodical in its development and merciless in its later stages’

Frank Keating

 

Author(s)
 

Peter Gibbs

 

Peter Gibbs grew up in the Potteries where a passion for cricket took him to England Schoolboy honours. Later at Oxford he won a ‘blue’ in each of his university years. After graduating he worked for Rolls Royce and combined this with playing professional cricket for Derbyshire, scoring 10,000 runs including eleven centuries.

 

At twenty-eight he retired from the game to run his own business before becoming a full-time playwright. Two of his stage plays have been premiered in London at the Bush and Hampstead theatres. The BBC has produced a dozen of his radio plays including Supersaver, winner of the Prix Futura at the Berlin Festival. His first screenplay, Arthur’s Hallowed Ground, was produced by David Putnam for Channel 4. A play for television, Benefit of the Doubt, won the Radio Times TV Script Award and his work on Tanamera

won him the Australian Pater Prize for adaptation.

 

More recently he scripted a feature film, Mrs Caldicot’s Cabbage War and was a prize-winner in the Kaos British Short Screenplay Competition for Next Man In. He has more than a hundred television scripts to his credit including three ‘written and created’ six-part series and was the lead writer on Heartbeat, Yorkshire Television’s long-running drama series.

 


Reviews
 

 

‘Terrific … Unputdownable… Has there ever, ever been a more vivid, knowing or believable novel about sport? Settling the Score is like a great batsman’s great innings – measured at first, methodical in its development and merciless in its later stages’

Frank Keating

 

 

‘Very well plotted and absolutely authentic both on and off the field of play.’

Christopher Martin-Jenkins

 

 

Settling the Score reeks of real life memories matched by a totally believable atmosphere and colourful dramatis personae … stylishly written, strong plot and sub-plot, grabbing your interest from page one, with a satisfying closing of the paperback at the finale. It’s highly recommended…

All Out Cricket, October 2012


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