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Felix White, for reasons often beyond him, has always been deeply in love with cricket. His passion for the game is at the fore on the BBC 's number one cricket podcast and 5Live show, Tailenders, which he co-presents with Greg James and Jimmy Anderson. It's Always Summer Somewhere is his funny, heartbreaking and endlessly engaging love letter to the game. Felix takes us th Felix White, for reasons often beyond him, has always been deeply in love with cricket. His passion for the game is at the fore on the BBC 's number one cricket podcast and 5Live show, Tailenders, which he co-presents with Greg James and Jimmy Anderson. It's Always Summer Somewhere is his funny, heartbreaking and endlessly engaging love letter to the game. Felix takes us through his life growing up in South West London and describes how his story is forever punctuated and given meaning by cricket. Through his own exploits as a slow left arm spinner of 'lovely loopy stuff', to the tragic illness of his mother, life with The Maccabees and his cricket redemption, Felix touches on both the comedic and the tragic in equal measure. Throughout, there's the ever-present roller coaster of following the England cricket team. The exploits of Tufnell (another bowler of 'lovely loopy stuff'), Atherton, Hussain et al, are given extra import through the eyes of a cricket-obsessed youth. Felix meets them at each signposted moment to find out what was really behind those moments that gave cricket fans everywhere sporting memories that would last forever, sending the book into an exploration of grief, transgenerational displacement and how the people we've known and things we've loved culminate and take expression in our lives. It's Always Summer Somewhere is an incredibly honest detail of a life lived with cricket. It offers a sense of genuine empathy and understanding not just with cricket fans, but sports and music fans across the world, in articulating our reasons for pouring so much meaning into something that we simply cannot control. Culminating in the heart-stopping World Cup Final in 2019, the book finally answers that question fans have so often asked...what is it about this game?


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Felix White, for reasons often beyond him, has always been deeply in love with cricket. His passion for the game is at the fore on the BBC 's number one cricket podcast and 5Live show, Tailenders, which he co-presents with Greg James and Jimmy Anderson. It's Always Summer Somewhere is his funny, heartbreaking and endlessly engaging love letter to the game. Felix takes us th Felix White, for reasons often beyond him, has always been deeply in love with cricket. His passion for the game is at the fore on the BBC 's number one cricket podcast and 5Live show, Tailenders, which he co-presents with Greg James and Jimmy Anderson. It's Always Summer Somewhere is his funny, heartbreaking and endlessly engaging love letter to the game. Felix takes us through his life growing up in South West London and describes how his story is forever punctuated and given meaning by cricket. Through his own exploits as a slow left arm spinner of 'lovely loopy stuff', to the tragic illness of his mother, life with The Maccabees and his cricket redemption, Felix touches on both the comedic and the tragic in equal measure. Throughout, there's the ever-present roller coaster of following the England cricket team. The exploits of Tufnell (another bowler of 'lovely loopy stuff'), Atherton, Hussain et al, are given extra import through the eyes of a cricket-obsessed youth. Felix meets them at each signposted moment to find out what was really behind those moments that gave cricket fans everywhere sporting memories that would last forever, sending the book into an exploration of grief, transgenerational displacement and how the people we've known and things we've loved culminate and take expression in our lives. It's Always Summer Somewhere is an incredibly honest detail of a life lived with cricket. It offers a sense of genuine empathy and understanding not just with cricket fans, but sports and music fans across the world, in articulating our reasons for pouring so much meaning into something that we simply cannot control. Culminating in the heart-stopping World Cup Final in 2019, the book finally answers that question fans have so often asked...what is it about this game?

30 review for It's Always Summer Somewhere: A Matter of Life and Cricket

  1. 4 out of 5

    David Ronan

    A great read for any fans of Cricket, Felix, The Maccabees or even just true to life stories. I enjoyed this so much I managed to read it in almost record time feeling unable to put it down. My only criticism is that the last words weren't "Go Well" A great read for any fans of Cricket, Felix, The Maccabees or even just true to life stories. I enjoyed this so much I managed to read it in almost record time feeling unable to put it down. My only criticism is that the last words weren't "Go Well"

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    Having followed the Maccabees when they were active, and keeping in touch with Felix's writing on Cricket, I had been looking forward to this book. It doesn't dissapoint. Felix encapsulates what cricket means to so many, and despite it being a sport which can be baffling to a neutral and engrossing to those who know, his words show a love for the game. The moments in his life, bookended with interviews from players, are written about with care, and the love for his family, including his mother, Having followed the Maccabees when they were active, and keeping in touch with Felix's writing on Cricket, I had been looking forward to this book. It doesn't dissapoint. Felix encapsulates what cricket means to so many, and despite it being a sport which can be baffling to a neutral and engrossing to those who know, his words show a love for the game. The moments in his life, bookended with interviews from players, are written about with care, and the love for his family, including his mother, shines throughout. A wonderful book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tom Stokes

    By far the best book I’ve read in years!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dylan Hearn

    Thanks Felix, you made me cry. That wasn’t what I expected but was what I needed, even if I didn’t know it. Just like this book. The good news is I also laughed out loud - often - and smiled and revelled in a little nostalgia. If you’re looking for a life-affirming book about how grief can shape your life, this is for you. If you love cricket and music as well, this book is even more for you.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Finn Stewart-Hayman

    Absolutely loved this. Sad, funny, cricket, the Maccabees. Just a joy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Doug Thompson

    Incredible. I knew from the introduction that this would go straight into my list of favourite books, driven in part by my pre-existing bias based on my love for The Maccabees. Felix explores the grief of losing his mother too young, and the security blanket that cricket provided and continues to provide, all the while striving to emulate his heroes by achieving greatness with his band. In many ways, the book and Felix's commentary on The Maccabees' development, maturation and eventual break-up, Incredible. I knew from the introduction that this would go straight into my list of favourite books, driven in part by my pre-existing bias based on my love for The Maccabees. Felix explores the grief of losing his mother too young, and the security blanket that cricket provided and continues to provide, all the while striving to emulate his heroes by achieving greatness with his band. In many ways, the book and Felix's commentary on The Maccabees' development, maturation and eventual break-up, allowed me to explore my own grief of a band that I grew up with and have never been able to replace.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    As a fully fledged part of the Tailenders community, I should probably preface this review with the acknowledgment that I went into reading the book inclined to like it, however the extent to which I did is a credit to White and his writing. The book covers White’s life thus far, intertwining his personal experiences - losing his mum to MS as a teen - with music and with cricket, chronicling the ups and downs of the England men’s team, and including interviews with those who’ve played the game s As a fully fledged part of the Tailenders community, I should probably preface this review with the acknowledgment that I went into reading the book inclined to like it, however the extent to which I did is a credit to White and his writing. The book covers White’s life thus far, intertwining his personal experiences - losing his mum to MS as a teen - with music and with cricket, chronicling the ups and downs of the England men’s team, and including interviews with those who’ve played the game such as Mike Atherton, Phil Tufnell and Chris Lewis. It’s been said that the best documentaries/non-fiction books find you interested in a subject you weren’t previously, and while I love cricket, I wasn’t into The Maccabees whilst they were together, and the way White writes about their development, from teenage bedrooms to a number one record has made me want to go back and work my way through their back catalogue. I loved the way that the intertwining aspects of the book came together - the rise and the end of The Maccabees, England men’s cricket team winning the World Cup, and the more personal aspects of White’s life. Because while this is a book about cricket, it isn’t a book about cricket, it’s about loss, and grief, and learning and living. It’s insightful, and beautifully written, and that well-quoted line from Wandavision really came to mind when reading it. Chapeau.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Leah Stanley

    I loved this book. I love reading memoirs, listening to the Maccabees and watching cricket so I was hoping this book would satisfy all my cricket literature needs. It did more than just that. The way it was written made me smile, I found myself reading sentences again just to let the words sink in. Felix writes about cricket so eloquently and emotionally, in a way that I would never be able to. The way Felix touches on both the comedic and tragic elements of the sport through descriptions of his I loved this book. I love reading memoirs, listening to the Maccabees and watching cricket so I was hoping this book would satisfy all my cricket literature needs. It did more than just that. The way it was written made me smile, I found myself reading sentences again just to let the words sink in. Felix writes about cricket so eloquently and emotionally, in a way that I would never be able to. The way Felix touches on both the comedic and tragic elements of the sport through descriptions of his 'cricket cave' hit close to home at points. However, this book goes far deeper than just a celebration of cricket and music as it also explores Felix's life as a whole, with themes of grief, love and purpose. I felt a real connection to Felix whilst reading this book as the beautiful fusion of both music and cricket is embedded within the grief of his mother. Felix's emphasis on poignant cricket moments alongside his narration of stories and experiences of being in the Maccabees, creates a truthful exploration of his life and unprocessed grief.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Gilpin

    An absolutely stunning book. Felix has a remarkable way with words that you get a sense of on Tailenders when he's left to talk cricket, but it really comes into its own here. His life and career have been intertwined with the sport for pretty much his entire life, and you can really feel the weight of its importance in this book; you don't have to know anything about cricket to enjoy it, however, as it's not a technical piece - and it's always hard to resist something when people talk so passio An absolutely stunning book. Felix has a remarkable way with words that you get a sense of on Tailenders when he's left to talk cricket, but it really comes into its own here. His life and career have been intertwined with the sport for pretty much his entire life, and you can really feel the weight of its importance in this book; you don't have to know anything about cricket to enjoy it, however, as it's not a technical piece - and it's always hard to resist something when people talk so passionately & eloquently about it. And if you are a cricket fan (especially an England cricket fan) you will be able to relate to so much of what is said - the lows and, indeed, the highs.

  10. 5 out of 5

    W.K. Chant

    Not only is this book well written, poetic and captivating, with its threads running between subjects and moments in time that intertwine in a beautiful way, it is also deeply personal and heartfelt. I am not ashamed to say it brought me to tears at points. I won’t spoil them, but this read was definitely worth the time. It’s the best book I’ve ever read (loosely) about cricket. Go well Felix, you’ve really done yourself proud here. 5/5

  11. 4 out of 5

    Steve Pennock

    A strange mix that combines the life story of a rock star with important moments in cricket from the last 30 years. His lifes joyous highs and tragic lows somehow relating to the England cricket teams ebb and flow. If you are a fan of The Maccabees and cricket its a winning formula but even if you aren't the way he writes about his life and the sport he loves is captivating. A strange mix that combines the life story of a rock star with important moments in cricket from the last 30 years. His lifes joyous highs and tragic lows somehow relating to the England cricket teams ebb and flow. If you are a fan of The Maccabees and cricket its a winning formula but even if you aren't the way he writes about his life and the sport he loves is captivating.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Barrie

    I don't think I've ever heard anything by The Maccabees, of whom Mr White was guitarist, songwriter and singer, and I don't feel especially motivated to seek them out after reading this book. Not that it's a bad book; on the contrary, it's interesting and quite well written, but the other two main strands in the narrative heavily outweigh that concerning his erstwhile band. I don't think I've ever heard anything by The Maccabees, of whom Mr White was guitarist, songwriter and singer, and I don't feel especially motivated to seek them out after reading this book. Not that it's a bad book; on the contrary, it's interesting and quite well written, but the other two main strands in the narrative heavily outweigh that concerning his erstwhile band.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    This is a truly wonderful book. The openness and honesty of it is truly extraordinary. The early parts in particular are so painfully relatable, the confusion and mess of our teenage years as we try to make sense of the world and our place in it. A really beautiful read

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    This is a gorgeous book. I’m not even a fan of his music but his writing drew me in to this lovely take of lives touched by tragedy defeat and occasionally winning.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Frances

    4.25/5

  16. 5 out of 5

    Josh Marks

    Bit spicy, that

  17. 5 out of 5

    Richard Tudor

    If we you love Maccabees and Cricket than this utterly incredible. If you don’t, it’s probably still good

  18. 4 out of 5

    Majid

    Brilliant. Even better as an audiobook

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tracey Seaman

    Wonderful look at the life of Felix through the lens of general cricketing sadness.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gill Gould

    Beautifully written. Love how cricket has interwoven through his life. Moving and so candid.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    A beautifully written memoir by ex-Maccabee, Felix White, whose passion for cricket reflected his life in unexpected ways.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katie

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nick Soloman

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ben Quain

  25. 5 out of 5

    joel fentem

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anne Powley

  27. 4 out of 5

    David Lewis

  28. 4 out of 5

    Isabel Heafey

  29. 5 out of 5

    iris worker

  30. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

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