|Posted on July 13, 2011 at 5:00 AM|
Peter Roebuck - Author, Journalist and commentator.
" Ed Cowan has provided a brave and insightful account of his experiences during a turbulent season. At once it is the story of a single cricketer and every cricketer. it is the tale of one season and every season. He sets out full of hope, suffers numerous setbacks, curses himself, blames his diary, sympathises with his wife, tries growing vegetables, tinkers with his game, seeks to master his mind, scores a few blobs, plays some inspired innings, almost subdues the Poms and eventually triumphs in the Shield final. Throughout Cowan subjects himself to a rigorous examination recorded in all its angst. Hs book a reminder that of the insecurity felt by all immersed in this most fickle and cussed of recreations. Despite covering many of the matches, I read the diary in one sitting. Its a reminder that cricket is a private game necessarily pursued in a public place. its a reminder, too, that it has many joys, not least those of personal achievement and collective conquest."
Ricky Ponting - Australian cricket legend
“It was great to play with and get to know Ed Cowan during the 2010-11 season. He is a very talented cricketer who went on to be a key part of Tassie’s Shield win and also represented Australia A during the season. He has a real passion, talent and insight into the game of cricket and that comes through in his first ever book – a compelling read for any sports fan.”
Jim Maxwell - ABC commentator
"Cowan’s diary eloquently covers his rollercoaster season with the triumphant Tigers, and provides fascinating insights on the shape and direction of our summer game"
Tim Ross - comedian and author of Mum Had a Kingswood.
“This brutally honest season diary is a fascinating and illuminating insight into the mind of the modern cricketer and one that I couldn’t put down. It was with great consolation that I realised that comedians aren’t alone when it comes to the constant questioning and self analysis of our performances.
Amongst a sea of ghost written stocking fillers, this sporting book is a revelation and there is no doubt that Ed Cowan is destined to be one of our finest cricket writers.”