It is a must read for all cricket fans. Brian Rose is Somerset through-and-through. In fact one of the first myths he puts right is that he is often referred to as a man of Kent. He is not. It is factually correct to say he was born in Dartford but his family were passing through and he was born earlier than expected so, apart from a few weeks there after birth, he was raised in Weston-super-Mare and is proud to be called a Weston boy.
Rosey is indeed well-placed to offer a unique insight into Somerset CCC, the club he joined fifty years ago in and played initially under Brian Langford. The joy of the cider county finally winning trophies thereby making Somerset arguably the most glamorous side in the country. They were certainly the most televised and talked about.
There is the descent of the team and club after the glory years, and the internal rows that descended into the so-called Battle of Shepton Mallet.
There is so much to this book and far too much to summarise. And it is all told with honesty and intellect. I am so glad he was persuaded to share his life with us all. These apples were pounded inside a stainless steel milk churn and then pressed inside a stainless steel lined garage press. After about 9 hours work, I got 5 gallons of juice which fermented naturally.
Astonishingly, our 4 bottles of this first cider won gold! I felt something must have gone right! So I made a bit more, year on year. He sent us money and we grew up without him; and I, for one, scarcely missed him.
I was perfectly content in this world of women, muddle-headed though it might be, to be bullied and tumbled through the hand-to-mouth days Her flowers and songs, her unshaken fidelities, her attempts at order, her relapses into squalor, her near madness, her crying for light, her almost daily weeping for her dead child-daughter, her frisks and gaieties, her fits of screams, her love of man, her hysterical rages, her justice towards each of us children — all these rode my Mother and sat on her shoulders like a roosting of ravens and doves.
Never to be forgotten, that first long secret drink of golden fire, juice of those valleys and of that time, wine of wild orchards, of russet summer, of plump red apples, and Rosie's burning cheeks. Never to be forgotten, or ever tasted again The girls were to marry; the Squire was dead; buses ran and the towns were nearer.
We began to shrug off the valley and look more to the world, where pleasures were more anonymous and tasty. They were coming fast, and we were ready for them. Cider with Rosie was dramatised for television by the BBC on 25 December , with Country Life later commenting that Hugh Whitemore 's script was "rendered into a beguiling, sunny fantasy under Claude Whatham 's softly focused direction.
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