VIDEO: Chatteris journalist writes biography on West Indian cricket great Brian Lara

Bay of Plenty Times reporter James Fuller has written a book about West Indian cricket legend Brian

Bay of Plenty Times reporter James Fuller has written a book about West Indian cricket legend Brian Lara.Photo: Joel Ford - Credit: Archant

A CHATTERIS journalist has written a biography of one of the greatest cricketers of all time.

James Fuller charts the life of West Indian batting genius Brian Lara in his first book Caribbean Lives: Brian Lara.

Lara, who retired in 2008, holds the world record scores in Test cricket (400 not out), first-class cricket (501 not out) and the most runs in a test match over (28).

Mr Fuller wrote the book during the six years he lived in Lara’s homeland of Trinidad and Tobago.

He said: “I wanted to write about Lara’s career from the Caribbean perspective, as that had never been done before.

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“Living in the Caribbean gave me the time and opportunity to access people who were close to him at every stage of his life and career: coaches, teachers, neighbours, family, school friends, fellow players both amateur and professional - people like Jimmy Adams and Deryck Murray,

“I also wanted to transmit that sense of vibrancy and fun which is so much a part of the Trinidadian culture; a culture which helped shape one of the greatest batsmen the world has ever seen.”

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Mr Fuller has been a journalist for 13 years and was named the Newspaper Society’s UK Young Journalist of The Year in 2002.

He now lives in Tauranga, New Zealand, where he is a senior writer at the Bay of Plenty Times.

A keen cricketer, he played for Ely and Haddenham for nearly 20 years and for Chatteris in 2011.

He said: “Being a cricket fanatic of limited ability, writing a book was also the only way my name would ever be mentioned in the same breath as Brian Lara’s.”

Caribbean Lives: Brian Lara, published by Macmillan, is available on Amazon from May 31.

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