FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR: Large blue cloth covered book with gilt titles on the spine, the cover is in very good condition as is the dust jacket which has only a few minor rubbings and dents. Internally the book is clean, bright and tightly bound. The text is illustrated with many full colour photographs by Derry Brabbs. "Dickie Bird's Britain is about the people and events and places that make Dickie unashamedly proud to be British. On a Bank Holdiay weekend he is delighted to be on Scarborough sands, or at York Races, but he is as much in his element discussing poultry rearing with the Duchess of Devonshire." The inscription on the title page reads 'To Pots, "Merry Christmas You Old Git", Best Wishes Dickie Bird'.
With humour and affection national treasure Dickie Bird travels around Britain and details what he loves best about it. Some of those Dickie meets in his travels are celebrities who, like him, have reached the top of their professions - sports heroes like Sir Steve Redgrave or media stars like Rory Bremner - but so many more are ordinary, but very special folk: Macmillan nurses, or the proprietor of his favourite Pennine transport cafe. Each encounter will as likely as not remind him of some ripe anecdote from his thirty years behind the stumps. But everywhere he goes the nation's favourite umpire manages to bring out the best in the people he encounters, with his quirky curiosity and his unerring ability to winkle out the genuine individualists and the passionately committed who make up the many faceted face of Britain in the twenty-first century.