“1973 (and Me) articulates, with a vivid authority, the journey made from West Indian boyhood to British manhood. And the guiding light on this twisting and sometimes uncertain road is cricket. Caribbean cricket. Colin sets out with humour and deep understanding how the game informed his identity”.
Simon Lister, author of Fire in Babylon: How the West Indies Cricket Team Brought a People to its Feet, and Supercat: The authorised biography of Clive Lloyd
“1973 and Me is a vital account of the spirit, dynamism and cultural transformation of cricket brought about by West Indian cricketers. It is told with verve and brio by Colin Babb and along the way gives the reader plenty of fun”.
Colin Grant, historian, author and broadcaster
“I’m really impressed by what Colin Babb had done with this book. It’s ostensibly about cricket which was one of the building blocks of our community. But he also talks about how he grew up in Britain, his relationships with the communities in front of him, and the significance of West Indian cricket in all their lives”.
Mike Phillips, academic, author, broadcaster and journalist
“Colin Babb’s book is a wonderfully evocative portrait of his childhood in Caribbean London, lived against a backdrop of football (Leeds United and Clyde Best),TV and music”.
Annie Chave, County Cricket Matters, Guerilla Cricket
“Descriptions of the cricket are enjoyable but the real strength of this charming account lies in Babb’s descriptions of the Caribbean’s political history and recollections of family life”.
Barry Nicholls, Australian Cricket Digest (volume nine)
“As a West Indian of Indian descent and an avid fan of West Indian cricket for decades, my pores and consciousness were raised throughout each riveting chapter and verse. West Indian cricket is one of the strongest unifying forces of Caribbean society and the Caribbean diaspora…a melting pot of races, nationalities and cultures”.
Reza Abasali, lecturer in West Indian cricket history, teacher and broadcaster, Trinidad
“A warm and captivating read with a legendary cast of characters”.
Lainy Malkani, Director of the Social History Hub, author and journalist
“An excellent personal account from a childhood memory on a moment in British West Indian history with reflections on the sport, music, television and politics during that time”.
Darell Philip, The Voice newspaper (UK)
“A treasure trove of fascinating historical details and personal stories”.
John Stevenson, broadcaster and journalist
“A thoughtful and timely piece of work which should make a major contribution to the continuing debate about the impact of West Indian cricket, and appeal to cricket fans and non-cricket afficionados alike”.
Lord Bill Morris of Handsworth OJ
“Colin has brought out, with tremendous power and depth, how important the achievements of West Indian cricket were to the self-respect and sense of identity of West Indian people in Britain”.
Clem Seecharan, Emeritus Professor of History, London Metropolitan University
“Without this book, a significant and very important part of British and Caribbean history would go amiss. Sincere thanks for a well-researched and very enjoyable piece of work”.
Karen Hunte, Chair, Caribbean Politics, British Political Studies Association
“Colin hosted an evening of entertainment at Balham Library recently to promote his excellent book They Gave the Crowd Plenty Fun. Not only is Colin an accomplished author, he has also got great skills in event organisation and publicity”.
Jeremy Travers, Sector Libraries Manager