The long-awaited sequel to Richard Heller's highly-regarded cricket novel "A Tale Of Ten Wickets". Teenage pace bowler Steve is the only child of a disintegrating marriage. He's just left a sink school. He has no social life, no girlfriend and no career prospects. The only thing holding him together is his dream of becoming a fast bowler. But his lonely pursuit of his dream brings him a network of new relationships and a new life. Narrated by its principal characters in vivid dialogue, by turns richly comic and highly sentimental, "The Network" is a rich tribute to the power of sport.
Richard Heller is an author and journalist. He was a finalist in BBC Television's Mastermind 2008 series, answering questions on WC Fields; Napoleon's family; the Rodgers and Hart songbook. He was joint runner-up in 1996, answering questions on President Harry Truman; British politics between the wars; Sir Garry Sobers. From 1981 to 1983 he was chief of staff to Rt Hon Denis Healey MP, then Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. He has worked in the movie business, in this country and Hollywood, and contributed additional dialogue to a motion picture called Cycle Sluts Versus The Zombie Ghouls. He has played cricket for many teams since the 1950s, as a medium-pace bowler who moves the ball both ways off the bat.