In Sunshine and in Shadow, cricket author Stephen Chalke’s amazing book on former Yorkshire and England off-spinner, Geoff Cope, has now been published and demand is expected to be high.
For over half-a-century, Geoff has been – and still is – a pivotal figure at Yorkshire County Cricket Club and this splendid book not only delves into the lifetime peaks and troughs of one of White Rose cricket’s most popular personalities but also contains a host of anecdotes, many of which have never been heard before.
As Geoff is recognised as one of cricket’s most accomplished raconteurs and Stephen Chalke one of the games finest writers it should come as no surprise that between them they have produced one of the most readable sports books in many years.
In a nutshell, this is the often humorous and sometimes sad story of a man who played cricket for Yorkshire and England, who helped to save his county club from bankruptcy and who, in recent years, has raised more that £200,000 for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.
It is a story full of ups and downs: early success followed by time out of the game remodelling his bowling action; a Test match hat-trick when his joy lasted barely a minute; the drama of the days that led to his joining the four-man board that rescued Yorkshire; and the diagnosis of retinitis pigmentosa, a gradual loss of eyesight that now leaves him reliant on a guide dog – which is his constant companion on match days at Headingley.
There will be an early opportunity for Yorkshire fans to buy Geoff’s book at the Scarborough Cricket Festival which begins on Sunday with Yorkshire’s crucial Specsavers County Championship match against Division One leaders, Essex. Geoff will be present throughout the match and will be signing copies.
The book will also be on sale shortly at the Yorkshire shop at Headingley. It costs £16 and can also be purchased direct from the publishers, Fairfield Books, 17 George’s Road, Bath, BA1 6EY. All books are supplied post free to the UK.