Inside the Box by Peter Baxter
My Life with Test Match Special

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A celebration of three decades of cricket and a unique insight into the world of radio and broadcasting. Test Match Special is both a sporting and broadcasting institution that has become synonymous with the British summertime. Since its first live broadcast back in 1957 it has proudly lived up to its original slogan 'Don't miss a Ball, we broadcast them all'. During much of this time the man behind the scenes was Peter Baxter and here, in this wonderful memoir, he recalls the best moments and characters from his privileged perspective inside the commentary box.

Throughout this period, Peter Baxter worked alongside the legendary John Arlott, the inimitable Brian Johnston and the unforgettable Henry Blofield and ushered in new faces, such as Jonathan Agnew, who continue to entertain, inform and charm listeners today.

This is the personal, touching and at times, hilariously funny, account of the producer's time 'inside the box'.

Peter Baxter has spent a lifetime in radio broadcasting, including thirty four years as producer of Test Match Special. Peter Baxter retired from broadcasting June 19th, 2007.

Some praise for Inside the Box:

'Excellent memoir... roistering tales of tour exploits'. Independent on Sunday

'From the first page of this delightful memoir we're transported into a world of chocolate cakes, jolly pranks and "the bowler's Holding, the batsman's Willey". 'Bartex', as he was invariably known, was there for it all, and this affectionate recollection is the next best thing to being in the commentary box... for any lover of the summer game, this humorous and affectionate account is an unmissable read'. Daily Mail

"His memoir is as witty and engaging as you would expect - a lovely insight into the nation's most soothing institution'.
The Observer

'... this book is wonderful. All the larger than life characters we know and love are revealingly described... numerous previously untold tales of their exploits are divulged'. All Out Cricket

About Peter Baxter

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Peter Baxter first worked on Test Match Special as a production assistant 40 years ago and became the programme's producer in 1973. Born in Derby in 1947 and educated at Wellington College, Peter joined the BBC in 1965 after a short spell in the British Forces Broadcasting Service in Aden. As well as cricket, Peter was rugby producer for eight years, produced the coverage of the annual University Boat Race for 10 years and has worked on almost every other type of radio outside broadcast - sporting or otherwise. He lives in north Buckinghamshire with his two children.
Published April 16, 2009 by Quiller. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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