Peter Pan's First XI: The Story of J. M. Barrie's Cricket Team

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Hodder General Publishing Division, 2011 - Cricket - 344 pages
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The creator of "Peter Pan," J.M. Barrie, was a hugely enthusiastic cricketer of very little talent. That didn't stop him from leading perhaps the most extraordinary amateur cricket team ever to have taken the field. Some of the twentieth century's most famous writers including A. A. Milne, P. G. Wodehouse, and Jerome K. Jerome, regularly turned out for Barrie's team between 1890 and 1913. This very Edwardian vision of village cricket, what Barrie called "green fields dotted with white figures on reasonable terms," was only brought to an end by the First World War. In "Peter Pan's First XI," Kevin Telfer weaves cricket, literature, history, humor, and biography to create an entertaining account of this little-known band of cricketing Peter Pans--and the age in which they lived.

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User Review  - drmaf - LibraryThing

A thoroughly charming book and a wonderful piece of English cricketing history. J.M Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, was an avid cricket enthusiast, and he enlisted other literary figures to create ... Read full review

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User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

An absolutely lovely book. It is at times difficult to follow everything that is happening because there are so many characters taking part and most of them famous figures, but I honed in on those ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Kevin Telfer is the author of three books. He has written for the Guardian, the Sunday Times and The Idler. He has a lifelong love of listening to cricket on the radio and lives in London.

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