Philip Whiteley's Blog

November 3, 2015

Close of Play Christmas offer

Filed under: Uncategorized — felipewh @ 2:33 pm

The feedback I’ve had on my first novel Close of Play has been tremendously encouraging, and the reviews on GoodReads, Amazon, on blogs such as this one by Linda Hobden, and elsewhere have convinced me that the tale of Brian (Colin) and Elizabeth struck a heartfelt chord with most readers. It’s been adopted for several Book Clubs, where the reaction has also been enthusiastic. I’m addressing one of them tomorrow in Surrey.

As a special Christmas offer, readers of this blog are entitled to a discount on copies of Close of Play. Just £5 per paperback copy, including postage and packing if you are in the UK, if you go to this link: and if you purchase between now and 31st December.

As you go to purchase, you will be prompted to enter a discount code. Just enter the following word as the code (all lower case):


to secure your £5 copy.

The discount applies even if you are only buying one copy. Please note, owing to the cost of postage, a £5.99 charge applies outside the UK. You may therefore find that your local Amazon or an e-book is more cost-effective.

My publisher Matthew Smith and I feel that a paperback copy of Close of Play would make an excellent gift, perhaps for the ‘difficult-to-buy-for’ relative, as the book appeals to men and women, includes some funny moments, and has been described as the perfect read for a holiday. While most of the action takes place in summer, the dramatic final scene is at a Christmas Party – so there’s even a seasonal touch.

STOP PRESS: Thanks to the positive reaction to Close of Play, I am delighted to announce that I have signed a contract for the next novel, Marching On Together, due for publication in August 2016. It’s also a sports-themed comedy, billed as ‘The most Yorkshire book ever to be set in Belgium’ as we follow six Leeds United fans to the pubs of Bruges and Kortrijk in the summer of 2014. The concept is ‘Last Orders, as done by Nick Hornby’ …



  1. I’m so looking forward to reading your next book next August! I really enjoyed Close of Play – I love your writing style 😊

    Comment by lindahobden — November 3, 2015 @ 9:24 pm | Reply

  2. Hi Linda – thanks so much for your comment. I hope you will enjoy ‘Marching On Together’: some similar themes, but quite different also!

    Comment by felipewh — November 5, 2015 @ 12:04 pm | Reply

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