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  • It's Always Summer Somewhere

  • A Matter of Life and Cricket
  • By: Felix White
  • Narrated by: Felix White
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (249 ratings)

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Summary

A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and Sunday Times best seller

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?

©2021 Felix White (P)2021 Octopus Publishing Group

Critic reviews

"Felix White's beautifully, elegantly and passionately written book reminds me why I love cricket so much. And reading, come to that." (Stephen Fry)

"The love of cricket is both communal and individual. Felix has a wonderful knack of evoking both in a book full of life, joy and resilience." (Gideon Haigh) 

"Whether you love cricket or are still confused by the rules of the game, you'll love this. Felix's writing is warm and witty. A joy to read." (Cariad Lloyd) 

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Surprisingly deep and fascinating!

Even If you only a vague understanding of cricket , this book is highly recommended- the writing is excellent as Felix unpacks his life through a series of moments - any Tailender should buy -any sports fan should buy -anyone who has even a mild appreciation of guitar bands should buy - and if none of the apply and you like autobiographies,buy it !

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Loved it

Very eloquent and surprisingly moving book. Very well read. Made me nostalgic for cricket in the 90s.

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Pleasant yet sad

I don’t like cricket but have a similar obsession with baseball. The highs and lows that Felix experiences with cricket that he seems to use to distract from some heartbreaking personal experiences and a wart and all description of being in a top band. If you don’t like cricket either it’s worth listening to those parts of the book to get to the rest. I hope things are ok Felix.

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Emotional rollercoaster

Lovely story of acceptance. Laughing one minute, welling up the next. Would recommend to anyone who likes cricket and the maccabees.

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Beautiful book

Simply superb book. Funny, moving and strangely familiar. Great reading from Felix really bringing it to life. Cannot recommend enough.

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Beautiful.

Having heard the condensed version on the BBC, I decided I had to get the full version and I couldn't have been more right. This book is so beautifully written and has provided me with a new perspective in my own life. Thank you Felix for this honest, open and charming story. I could not recommend more.

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Magnificent

What a book, my two favourite passions music and cricket. A must listen book. Enjoy.

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Amazing

Listened in one sitting. Just the best story, so well written and performed. Thank you for sharing, Felix.

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Absolutely brilliant!

I absolutely loved this. Emotional, moving and funny. I would recommend this to anybody. I really loved the narration too

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Beautiful

Absolutely fantastic. Beautifully read and a great book for all not just fans of Felix

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You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll go well

Very different from the Tailenders vibe, but no less enjoyable.

Couldn’t recommend this book more, it was sad, informative and uplifting.