Many of you may have read the series of children’s books the Glory Gardens in your youth and we are delighted to announce the publishing of the new book - Return to Glory, published November 1st 2016 and is the ninth book in the popular children’s series about a team of young players and their cricket adventures.
England and Nottinghamshire CCC player James Taylor commented on the books - “A great cricket series for young readers”
The new book appears 15 years after book eight, The Glory Ashes, and takes the team to New South Wales where they resume hostilities with their old adversaries, Woolagong C.C.
Author, Bob Cattell says: “After receiving many hundreds of letters and emails from young readers demanding the return of Hooker, Erica, Ohbert and the rest of the team, I decided it was time to give them another big adventure. Return to Glory follows on from the ‘Ashes’ encounter in book eight – but, like the other titles, it can be read as a stand-alone story.”
The Glory Gardens series, aimed at 8 – 13 year olds, has sold 250,000 books since the appearance of the first title, Glory in the Cup, in 1995. It recounts the exploits of Glory Gardens, a junior cricket club, created and shaped by the colourful mix of characters who make up the team.
Return to Glory takes the team on its first tour of Australia and pits them against Australian champions, Woolagong and Pandari Panthers, a team from Mumbai. Like the other Glory Gardens books it tells of the adventures of the young team on and off the pitch, backed up by score sheets, diagrams and drawings to help young players with their game. There is also a ‘jargon-busting’ glossary of cricket terms, umpire’s signals etc.
The eight previous books in the series are: Glory in the Cup, Bound for Glory, The Big Test, World Cup Fever, League of Champions, Blaze of Glory, Down the Wicket and The Glory Ashes.
Glory Gardens was Bob Cattell’s first published series. He has also written other children’s books of sport fiction, including the Butter-Finger trilogy with poet, John Agard, Bowl like the Devil and the football series, Strikers.
First XI, his first book for adults published last year, is a compilation of short stories set in cricket-playing countries round the world.
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Says Bob Cattell: “Glory Gardens is about the team thing. A mixed bunch of cricketers and no-hopers, boys and girls from different backgrounds and countries, come together to create something exciting. It was easy to pick up on the characters because they are still all alive in my head and it was as if they got together again to write their own story.”
“Couldn’t recommend them highly enough,” Test Match Special
Return to Glory, paperback £6.99
Published by Charlcombe Books November 1st 2016