An anthology of everyday recollections of favourite places in Scotland has also been published as part of the week and can be picked up from various locations around Scotland. A more extended version is on the Book Trust's website.
Fantasy Bob's favourite place is of course Grange Loan - HQ to the go ahead Edinburgh cricket club and undoubtedly Scotland's most delightful cricket ground. He is kicking himself for not contributing an essay on this special place to the editors. How they would have welcomed a description of his smooth rhythmical approach to the wicket from the bottom end and the curving path of his world famous in-swinger as it flew past the batsman's flailing shot and crashed into the middle stump. Surely there was a place for fiction in this volume?
But that is typical of FB, all his best ideas (both of them) come too late. Observers are well aware of this - his bowling changes always come after the bowler gets thrashed not before. So Grange Loan does not feature in this anthology.
And this hides a greater concern. In an otherwise fantastic programme, FB is disappointed to note that there is no event specially aimed at the cricketer. Despite the fact that cricket writing is rightly celebrated. There are even significant contributions from Scottish writers to this great canon - Ian Peebles for example.
So here is FB's Book Week XI - a select drawn from his favourite cricket books and his favourite Scottish books. (Not in batting order).
Sunset Song - Lewis Crassic Gibbon
Beyond a Boundary - CLR James
Kidnapped - RL Stevenson
Larwood - Duncan Hamilton
Preferred Lies - Andrew Grieg
Fatty Batter - Michael Simkins
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark
Jack Hobbs - John Arlott
Thanks Johnners - Jonathan Agnew
Joseph Knight - James Robertson
The Cone Gatherers - Robin Jenkins
Test Match Quality each and every one (as is the Scottish Book Trust - more power to its elbow).
|Grange Loan - does not feature in My Favourite Place|