Here’s England star Lydia Greenway and skipper Charlotte Edwards with David Tossell, author of the sensational The Girls of Summer, at last week’s successful launch event.
To celebrate the release of the book, the England women’s duo delivered a Chance to Shine coaching session and book signing at Houghton Primary School in Huntingdon – less than ten miles from where the England women’s captain Lottie grew up in Pidley.
A gentle media frenzy ensued, with the full collaboration of the ECB – and The Girls of Summer is now riding high in Amazon’s Top 10 cricket books.
The storylines of 2015’s dramatic summer for English women’s cricket are told from close quarters, while the England girls explain their varied, and often difficult, pathways to the top of their sport. The Girls of Summer includes:
- All the key on-field moments – and the players’ reaction to them – right up to the dramatic climax of the series, as seen from inside the dressing room
- Charlotte Edwards describing how she was once almost too scared to play the sport with which she has become synonymous, and how she maintains her passion for cricket after two decades as an international
- Kate Cross, daughter of an FA Cup winner, discussing how she fought to overcome the devastating effects of depression to become one of the game’s leading young players
- Katherine Brunt relating her battles against injury and low teenage self-esteem to become the heartbeat of the team and one of the world’s fastest bowlers
- Insights into what Edwards says to her team on the eve of a Test, and how coach Paul Shaw set about keeping the girls calm and focused as results began to go against them
- Discussion of women’s cricket’s development towards a professional era – and what is needed to continue the growth of English cricket, both at international and domestic level
- The story behind Shaw’s departure as head coach at the conclusion of the Ashes
Click here for more information, or to read a sample from The Girls of Summer.