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Peter Pan's First XI

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Kevin Telfer is the author of three books. He has written for the Guardian, the Sunday Times and The Idler. He has a lifelong love of listening to cricket on the radio and lives in London.


'Evocative and often very funny'. * Sunday Telegraph * This is a wonderful book, written with great elegance and affection, scrupulously researched and packed full of terrific stories. * Spectator * In this delightful book, Kevin Telfer tells the story of this lifelong love affair and its implications for Barrie and his charmed circle. The book attempts to capture an age and its attitudes and can be enjoyed by even those who do not have a penchant for England's summer game. * The Telegraph, Calcutta * Entertaining * The Times Literary Supplement * We have an increasing need for Edwardian idylls in the 21st century, and Barrie's idyll, which involved the creation of a cricket team who tried very hard indeed never to grow up, is lovingly recorded in Peter Pan's First XI, by Kevin Telfer, timed to coincide with Barrie?s 150th birthday. The tragedy is that we all have to grow up, but at least we have cricket to keep the process at bay. * Simon Barnes, The Times * [Telfer] has unearthed a lovely and singular tale of men, sport and foolishness, perfect for a warm summer's day. * Marcus Berkmann, Daily Mail * In an entertaining history of the team, coinciding with the 150th anniversary of Barrie's birth, Telfer happily combines a mordant humour with an imaginative ambition to find in this celebration of cricket an allusive metaphor for a golden twilight of prelapsarian Edwardian England and the fall of a graceful innocence, when stumps were pulled for the last time, into the trenches and the immortality of Neverland * The Times * Telfer's book is a fine exposition of a little-known subject, one that manages to be more than just a cricketing chronicle, and that uses Barrie's haphazard team as a prism through which to view the wider prewar period. * Andrew Holgate, Sunday Times *

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