Howzat for clever thinking? Sayers Common mum writes cricket book for dummies in time for Ashes (From The Argus)
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Howzat for clever thinking? Sayers Common mum writes cricket book for dummies in time for Ashes
11:00am Thursday 11th July 2013 in News
First she taught a generation of baffled mums the basics of rugby.
Now Ann Waterhouse is determined to teach stumped supporters how to tell a googly from an off break and a flipper from a bouncer.
As the Ashes series began this week, the author from Sayers Common is publishing a new book about cricket, nearly 20 years after her Rugby for Mums guide became a bestseller.
She said: “It’s aimed at people who are new to cricket and are sat there wondering what the hell’s going on.
“The first book was aimed only at mums but there are plenty of other people out there who haven’t got a clue.
“It’ll be a long summer for anyone not interested in cricket, so hopefully this book should help explain what all the fuss is about.”
Mrs Waterhouse published her rugby guide in 1995 under the pseudonym Sue Porter – and it became an instant hit.
Now the former Fleet Street journalist is hoping Sue Porter’s Guide to Cricket, illustrated by Amanda Stiby Harris, will bowl over the bestseller charts once again.
She said: “The joy of cricket is that it’s a relatively simple game once you understand what’s going on.
“But the most confusing thing is the fielding positions and the wicket itself – there are so many terms to get to grips with. I’ve had a fantastic reception from readers so far.”
To make sure her new book wasn’t given out first ball, Mrs Waterhouse enlisted the help of cricket’s most famous voices.
She sent a copy to the cricket commentators at Test Match Special, accompanied by a tasty treat to make sure the guide got a mention live on air.
She said: “Jonathan Agnew told Phil Tufnell he should read it so he could get to grips with cricket and learn the rules. It was very funny.
“We also sent them a huge cake – but apparently Michael Vaughan ate the whole thing.”
The book is on sale at The Mint House in Hurstpierpoint and can be ordered from www.amazon.co.uk or any good bookshop.
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