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Do you love cricket? Are you obsessed with one particular team? Have you no interest whatsoever in any sport but can still remember your teenage obsessions? If you can answer ‘Yes!’ to any of these questions, then you won’t want to miss an entertaining interview with award-winning sports journalist and deputy editor of the Observer Magazine, Emma John. Emma will be talking about her highly acclaimed book, Following On, (Bloomsbury Publishing) which explores her teenage obsession with the 1993 England cricket team.
As a 14 year old, while her school mates had a crush on Oasis, Emma was nurturing a passion for the England team. But what followed was one of the worst sporting streaks of all time – ten years of frustration, dismay and comically bungling performances that made England’s first x1 a byword for British failure.
A quarter of a century later, Emma reflects on why she spent her teenage years defending such a bunch of no-hopers. She reflects on why the team never won and why she was so obsessed with them.
“A gloriously funny yet poignant memoir” – The Guardian
“A witty, wry memoir … the comparisons to Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch are justified” – Independent
About the author
Emma John is deputy editor of the Observer Magazine and writes on sport for the Guardian. She is a former deputy editor of Observer Sport Monthly and The Wisden Cricketer and in 2008 she was the first woman to win a Sports Journalism Award. She lives in north London and has been on the MCC waiting list for 17 years, six months and 21 days. Not that she’s counting.