Troubador The Tour

Released: 01/04/2012

ISBN: 9781780880990

Format: Paperback

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The Tour is a comedy drama adventure novel, underpinned by a sobering moral story. Its six leading characters will fully engage and delight the reader as their diverse and colourful personalities unfold and clash. The arrival of a dashing young Australian – the first ever professional at Crawford Cricket Club – brings both ‘bonza’ times and bother for his new colleagues. Stuey’s new landlord, Bernard Gazelle, is a staid man three times his lodger’s age who learns to cope with the demands of a young knave determined to have a good time – legal or otherwise. Meanwhile, Sammy the winsome wicketkeeper becomes infatuated with the new recruit and the outrageous antics of all concerned test the tolerance of stuffy club chairman Norman F. Billington to breaking point and beyond… The Tour is inspired by Peter Tinniswood, author of I Didn’t Know You Cared and A Touch of Daniel. It will appeal to fans of comic fiction and the well-heeled English language.

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Peter Aspinall

Peter Aspinall is a former full-time professional newspaper journalist who has just completed his first novel, 'The Tour.'

The book - although based on a cricket tour - is not a sports book, in fact, no knowledge of any sporting discipline is required no matter what shape the ball.

Rather it is festooned with humour, jolly banter and adventure, a comedy romp which is very much character-driven as a colourful band of troubadors from the north of the country embark on a rollicking sojourn south of the border.

Set in 1981- the same year as the famous 'Botham' Ashes Test - the hardy band encounters travails, tribulations and trouble.

Although humour and warm wit are its mainstays, the work is underscored by a sobering moral thread running throughout, one which skewers several of the main characters on to the horns of same painful dilemmas indeed, changing lives and attitudes for ever.

Yet the work is warm and welcoming, woven from the broad tapestry of the English language.

It contains no sex, no violence, no bad language...and not a lot of cricket.

Peter Aspinall

September 2011.

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