Paddy Briggs's biography of West Indies, Kent and Gloucestershire cricketer John Shepherd was published to critical acclaim in 2009. It has sold out and is no longer available to purchase.
"John Shepherd - The Loyal Cavalier"
by Paddy Briggs
Foreword by Sir Everton Weekes
Published by ACS Publications
ISBN: 978 1 905138 76 0
John Shepherd was a leading allrounder in first-class cricket in England in the 1970s and 1980s. He was a loyal servant of Kent for seventeen seasons and of Gloucestershire, as player and coach, for seven more. 'Shep' was born in Barbados where his natural talent was spotted and nurtured by Everton Weekes, one of the 'three Ws'. He was brought to England by Kent in 1965 and his successful adaptation to county cricket led to awards as the leading allrounder in English cricket in 1968, Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1979, and to recognition in five Tests for the West Indies. Paddy Briggs brings a journalist's eye to Shep's early years in the Caribbean, his brief Test career, his controversial involvement in tours to Southern Africa in the apartheid era, his clumsy sacking by Kent in 1981 and his late-flowering achievements with Gloucestershire in the 1980s. In a thoughtful and challenging "Introduction" Paddy also unravels some of the complex influences on cricket in Shep's years in the game and draws some telling contrasts with cricket today. Throughout his career Shep was the most loyal of players and colleagues: his gloriously cavalier batting made him a special favourite with fans. His loyalty and effort are well-described in a candid telling of his story.
John Shepherd - The Loyal Cavalier was on the long list for the "Cricket Society and M.C.C. Book of the Year Award 2010".