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Spirit On The Water

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Spirit On The Water

ISBN Paperback 978-0-9554217-9-2     ISBN eBook 978-1-907991-02-8

Spirit On The Water takes you on a voyage of eleven very different cricket tours.


The tours include Taverners jaunts to the Balearics, an Aborigine team visiting England in 1868, Australia trying to win in India, Sydney Barnes in South Africa, Wally Hammond Down Under and more. The lively conversational style which made Mike Harfield’s previous book, Not Dark Yet, so popular appears again, along with a cornucopia of cricket. Most of the time it is the cricket which lives in the memory; occasionally contemporary events intervene. Always the journey is entertaining.


Surrey and England batsman Mark Butcher gets us into the mood in his excellent Foreword and then it’s off on the first tour.


The Author


Mike Harfield used to work for a large multi-national company (think Tony Curtis talking to Marilyn Monroe on the beach in Some Like it Hot). He was made redundant in the early 1990s. After a while, the company thought that it had made a mistake and so asked him back. A few years later they realised that actually it hadn’t been a mistake, and made him redundant again. For this last act he was, and continues to be, eternally grateful. It enabled him to watch virtually every ball of the 2005 Ashes series and write Not Dark Yet. Every cloud has a silver lining, except of course when it brings rain to prevent an England victory. During the summer he plays cricket for the Ash Tree CC at Prestbury in Cheshire. His first book, Not Dark Yet, was published in 2008.



Well worth reading. It is amusing, yet also thought provoking.



an original if rather quirky book

Journal of Cricket Statisticians and Historians


The most balanced analysis I have ever read of the Greg/Trevor Chappell “underarm incident”.



.... consistent high quality of the writing which is often humorous but also respectful of the traditions of the game. I thoroughly enjoyed Spirit On The Water. It made me laugh and it enriched my knowledge of cricket.



Harfield is a new name to me but one that in future I shall seek out.

John Light


The author’s little snippets of information ..... make for interesting reading.



You do not need to be a cricket buff to appreciate the humour in its pages.

Barry Hook


Mike’s new cricket tales are a tour de force

Macclesfield Express


I found it an enjoyable read. The book has much to commend it, with rich anecdotes and amusing observations.

Peakfan’s Cricket Blog


I was laughing uncontrollably at one point

Journal of Cricket Statisticians and Historians