Sticky Wicket Series Now Available in New Editions
I recently told you on this site that new editions of my cricket-themed “Sticky Wicket” series featuring Watkins and his flamboyant team of players were coming soon to Amazon.com and other online booksellers.
Well, they finally are here, all four of them — Watkins At Bat, Watkins Fights Back, Watkins’ Finest Inning, and Watkins’ Overseas Tour, on Amazon. The Kindle/ebook versions are here: Watkins At Bat, Watkins Fights Back, Watkins’ Finest Inning, and Watkins’ Overseas Tour.
The updated editions, in paperback and as e-books, not only feature new, graphically enhanced covers but also added material, upgraded at the urging of readers of the originals who kept asking for more.
As those readers know, and as new ones are about to discover in perusing this site, the Sticky Wicket series isn't just about sports. It's about immigrants from former British colonies who face obstacles – as immigrants usually do — in seeking to become part of the American mainstream.
The main obstacle happens to their “foreign” game, one that few Americans understand. In this instance, Americans don’t want to understand because the cricketers have taken over — hijacked, as they tell it — their playing field for games that last the entire day, denying them the opportunity to play their national sport — baseball.
There you have it. A clash of cultures.
Which side do you think has the greater political clout to get its way? The locals or “the foreigners?” No contest there.
What are the cricket club members supposed to do if the locals use their political clout to get them booted off the field?
They call in Freddie Watkins, that's what they do.
As one of his teammates notes, Freddie Watkins “knows how to schmooze and romance the establishment to get what we want.”
But what if Freddie’s deeply religious wife is “sick and tired” – her words – of this grown man, a senior citizen practically, acting as though he’s still a teenager, sauntering off to be with “the boys” on Sundays instead of accompanying her to church?
And what if Gina, Freddie’s wife, gives him an ultimatum: “You have to decide, Fred. Do you love cricket more than you love the Lord and your family?”
And Freddie says, “I don’t like ultimatums.”
So now you have more than a clash of cultures. You have a husband-wife conflict.
You throw in a host of oddball characters from many lands — some of whom don’t understand, or even like, one another — and what do you have?
In cricket parlance, you’re batting on a very “sticky wicket.” (Don't know what a sticky wicket is? Read my cricket parlance page to find out.)
After reading the exploits of Freddie Watkins and his motley crew you might think of friends or family members for whom the books would make ideal gifts for any occasion. As an independent author, I would deeply appreciate it.