David Frith, author of ‘Guildford’s Cricket Story’, the recent article ‘Guildford – the real cradle of cricket’, and an all-round cricket enthusiast beyond compare, is soon to be releasing his updated biography. We are pleased to offer our support and best wishes to David in his latest literary venture, and also thank him for all of his support over the years.
Paddington Boy: David Frith’s revised and updated autobiography, 25 years on from the acclaimed 1997 story of his decades at the heart of cricket.
It is a story of wartime, two-way emigration, playing, watching and writing about cricket past and present: the controversies, the sweeping research, the friends (and enemies), the great occasions, and closeness to the Arlotts and Bradmans and hordes of others.
This is cricket from the central hub and a human story like no other.
David Frith has perhaps forgotten more about the game and its history than most of us will ever come close to knowing. He started writing his first book on cricket in 1968. He did not stop for the next 53 years. 38 books encapsulating the history of cricket, and thereby snapshots of society and life. And then there is his collection of cricketana, memorabilia and films. The letters alone amount to more than 6000. There are more than 500 VHS tapes, over 350 Betamax cassettes and several DVDs and films, hundreds of sound tapes. “Makes me feel like Methuselah,” he once said.
In 2020, he also said, “If I have one more book left in me it might be my autobiography, which seemed to have been blanked by much of the cricket world in 1996, and now needs to be amended and updated.” Here is that amended and updated autobiography.
“It is terrific … a love story, a search for cultural identity… meditation on how cricket can be so informative of one’s sensibilities… Frith’s mastery of his subject is astounding and sometimes hilarious . . . This is not a comfortable ‘thanks for the memories’ book, but Frith’s has not been a comfortable life. That is the price one pays for fearless honesty and self-knowledge.” Gideon Haigh