Page extent: 80
ISBN: 9781783198078
Binding: PaperBack

The Spalding Suite

Inua Ellams

PaperBack (23 Apr 2015)

When we were young, we worshipped stars,
gleaming long-limbed godsframed in the act of impossible flight.
For a time we tried to follow,
to carve out our own piece of sky
with a butter-smooth arc of an arm
and a Spalding ball glued to the fingertips…

Seen from a British perspective, The Spalding Suite gets to the heart and soul of the gravity-defying game and delves into the hopes and dreams of those who play it. From the fleeting high of the score and the robust camaraderie of the team, to the poignant lows of a body too worn to play the game.

Additional Information

ISBN13 9781783198078
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 80


'It magnifies not just the beauty of the game itself, but the emotions of those playing it... This is a multilayered piece that should appeal to all ages, performed by an engaging cast, and boasting a terrific beat-boxing soundtrack. Fun, and sometimes unexpectedly moving'. Lyn Gardner, Guardian

'A fresh combination of eloquently rhythmic spoken text and a stylised physicality that honours both competitive sports and street moves.' The Times