Close of Play is a thoughtful, funny, beautifully honest story of love and manners. It’s a tale of missed opportunities and a chance at redemption – and the fear of opening our hearts to another when we think we’ve forgotten how to love.
Brian Clarke has an ordered life, a life of weekend cricket, solid principles, and careful interaction with those around him. He is resolutely fending off advancing middle-age with a straight bat, determined to defend his wicket against life’s occasional fast balls. Then he meets Elizabeth – a gentle, caring, genuinely selfless soul who is a glowing bloom amongst the ordered hedgerows of his existence. As Elizabeth demands Brian’s interest…and breathes hope into his heart…he must reassess his self-defined role as the lone batsmen and fight to find the courage to fall in love. Or risk losing her forever.
Close of Play is a funny and gentle story of being given a second chance at love, and is already receiving a great deal of interest from women’s magazines and blogging sites.
- The author and book will headline this year’s Ampthill Literary Festival.
- Pitched squarely at the Jo Jo Moyes readership
- “I loved this. Will happily commend Close of Play heartily. Howzat?” – Actor, screenwriter and author Robert Daws, Poldark
PJ Whiteley, who writes non-fiction as Philip Whiteley, has turned his hand to romantic comedy, seizing on the potential of men preferring to play or watch sport than talk about their feelings and stuff. Close of Play is the first novel, centering on perennial themes of the human condition: love, loss, hope, life choices and that nagging feeling in the back of the mind that this relationship stuff is all very confusing. Philip’s leading management book, Meet the New Boss, was shortlisted for the CMI Award in 2013.
PUB DATE: 3 April 2015
PUBLISHER: Urbane Publications
EXTENT: 240 Pages
DIMENSIONS: B format paperback
CATEGORY: Romantic fiction, contemporary fiction
BIC CODE: FRD/FA