Publications Available In Stock
Tommy Cook, The Double Life of a Superstar Sportsman by Phil Dennett
This year is the 120th anniversary of the birth of Tommy Cook, and to celebrate the event and the new memorial stone on Tommy’s grave in Cuckfield, Phil Dennett has written the first book on Tommy titled Tommy Cook, The Double Life of a Superstar Sportsman. The book covers both his football and cricket careers and can be purchased from the Cricket Museum.
Tommy Cook was born in Cuckfield in 1901, served in both wars with distinction and played for Sussex between 1922 and 1937. He was an attractive batsman, a fine player of spin and an excellent outfielder who spent his winters coaching in South Africa.
He was an outstanding footballer for Brighton & Hove Albion and was capped by England in 1925. He once had a trial for England scoring 22 but narrowly missed out on selection. Had he been selected he would have been one of just fourteen people to have played for England at both football and cricket. He scored 20,176 first-class runs in 459 games for Sussex, and scored 123 goals in 209 appearances in his seven year stay at Brighton before moving on to Bristol Rovers. He played for England whilst a Division Three player. Tommy had a benefit in 1937 after which he left Sussex to pursue a business career in South Africa. During World War Two he joined the South African Air Force where he was injured in 1943.He returned to England in 1950, but suffered from physical and mental illness, separating from his wife, and committed suicide shortly before his 49th birthday.
Signed copies of Tommy Cook, The Double Life of a Superstar Sportsman can be purchased from Jon Filby for £15 plus £3 postage. You can contact Jon using the contact form at the bottom of the page.
85 Not Out by Ted Dexter
This is the fascinating autobiography of none other than Ted Dexter – aka Lord Ted – the ferociously powerful and debonair former England international cricketer and captain. Dexter was a classical, hard-hitting batsman and right-arm swing bowler of the highest order. Having captained England in 1961-2, he stood as England’s chairman of selectors from 1989-1993 and then became President of the MCC in 2001. He is undeniably one of England’s most prolific cricketers, playing alongside and standing in the same legacy as the iconic Fred Trueman, Peter May, Colin Cowdrey, Richie Benaud and Gary Sobers. The Museum has a limited number of signed copies available for £20 plus £3.50 Postage. For details of how to purchase a copy, contact Jon Filby using our contact form at the bottom of this page. For more on Ted Dexter click here
Virtual Talks from Print Publishing
Pitch Publishing have set up a series of talks by authors of recently published cricket books that are open to members of Cricket Societies via Zoom. The first of these sessions, chaired by Mark Church is with Ian Gould on Friday 29th May. The events will feature Pitch’s cricketing authors and run on Friday evenings at 7.30pm, kicking off on Friday 29th May with former Sussex and Middlesex batsmen and now umpire Ian Gould, hosted by BBC cricket commentator Mark Church. All the books which are the subject of the talks can be bought from the Sussex Cricket museum using the contact form below, with profits going to the Sussex Cricket Museum. For further details of the talks, please click here
‘World Cup’ by Robin Marlar
This publication is in the usual museum style. It is however a new venture for us. Robin Marlar, who is a huge supporter of the museum, approached us last year to see if we would be willing to publish a booklet he wanted to write. We said yes and the booklet is titled – Golden Minnows in the World Cup 2019. Afghanistan and Bangladesh hit the big time. It is in my view a most interesting read. It is just under 50 pages and has some lovely photographs many taken by the well-known Graham Morris. Robin Marlar with others took a great interest in the progress of cricket in those two countries. He for instance turned up in Dhaka to speak to the Sports Minister high up in a Government building – no lifts. He found himself in a large room and in front of him were several Russians making their case to the Sports Minister, with bulging brief cases offering vast sums for football in Bangladesh. When Robin’s turn came It transpired that the Sports Minister was a cricket fanatic and MCC tours were in due course arranged. As one would expect from a cricket writer of The Sunday Times it is a very good read and covers ground one might not expect.
The booklet is issued in a limited edition of 500 copies all signed by Robin Marlar. The cost is £15 plus postage of £2.50. It can also be collected from the museum.
‘On The Level’ Cricket and Society in 18th Century Brighton by John Goulstone
The latest issue from the publishing arm of the Sussex Cricket Museum is a scholarly written and beautifully produced 108 page book on cricket in late 18th–century Brighton, titled ‘On the Level’.
‘It was not until about 1790 that the Level just north of Brighton became a fashionable centre for cricket. Here we look at some of the personalities, respectable and not so respectable, actively engaged in or else attending matches during this period, along with the more raffish elements’ scandals, pranks, bizarre wagers and other escapades which in turn both amused and annoyed the town’s inhabitants. Following a glance at the Prince’s early experiences on the cricket field, the five key seasons from 1788 to 1792 are examined in sequence with entries arranged in diary form and biographical profiles inserted at the end of each year’.
Newspaper reports and numerous notices have been re published in cricket books, and many of these are quoted, along with ‘new’ references culled from both London and provincial papers, with other actual or near contemporary source materials. Some original scorecards of the matches are reproduced along with 30 illustrations, many in full colour.
About the Author
The most important writer on early cricketing history is John Goulstone. He was born in September 1939 in Bexleyheath and spends much of his time researching archives for early cricket references. On this subject he has had published several books, and numerous booklets and articles.
He is the authority on 18th century cricket, and the Sussex Cricket Museum is proud to publish his latest book ‘On the Level’.
The book is published in two limited editions:
50 copies in hardback at £80.00 each, just a few copies left
Softback edition SOLD OUT
Other Items In Stock
Pamphlets priced at £5 each
Derek Semmence – Youngest player to score a century for Sussex in First Class Cricket, 60th Anniversary (limited edition of 50 – signed by Derek Semmence (2016)
Phil Salt and Tom Haines – Two maiden centuries in the same innings – Sussex v Durham at Arundel ( limited edition of 50 – signed by Phil Salt and Tom Haines). By Paul Edwards (2018)
Don Smith-Sussex and England Cricketer-The Entertainer. Limited addition 150 copies signed by Don Smith Available at £18 each Published 2019
Mark Robinson – An Appreciation (limited addition of 150 – signed by Mark Robinson, Mike Yardy and Tony Cottey ) (2016) Copies £7 Each
A celebration lunch for Robin Marlar and Jim Parks-80th Birthdays-Hove-5th June 2011 (limited Edition of 150) only unsigned copies available at £6
Celebration Special menus
Richard Barrow Celebration Dinner (2019) (limited edition of 25) £5 Each
Should you be interested in any of the above please contact Jon Filby at the Sussex Cricket Museum using the contact form below.