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Alex Marsh talks to Curious Book Fans

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Alex Marsh came a long way from being a member of the unknown and unsuccessful rock band ‘Wildebeeste’ to become a bowler / chicken keeper / househusband in rural Norfolk. He revealed all in his autobiographical book Sex and Bowls and Rock and Roll. The original blurb stated: “He hoped he’d die before he got old. It didn’t quite work out that way.” We were curious to hear more about how he swapped his rock dreams for village greens.

Alex MarshCBF: For a city boy you adapted amazingly well to living in the country. What tips would you offer anyone dreaming of chucking in their job and heading for the rural life? What do you miss most about city life?

Alex Marsh: My main tip would be to try to get a better Plan B together than I did, as my plans really stopped at A, and that probably wasn’t sensible. The thing I miss most?

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Sex and Bowls and Rock and Roll

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Sex & Bowls & Rock and Roll: How I Swapped My Rock Dreams for Village Greens By Alex Marsh, book reviewYou could write down what I know about bowls on the back of a postage stamp and still have plenty of space left over. But I learned lots from Sex and Bowls and Rock and Roll. I learned that Alex Marshall is a world famous bowls champ and that Alex Marsh the writer of this book isn’t.

It’s perhaps harder to put your finger on what Alex Marsh is though – second-rate village bowls team stalwart, amateur chicken fancier, builder of bookcases with Scooby Doo-style hidden chambers, and a man who thinks that claiming he’s on a sabbatical sounds better than being a house husband. And he’s a lousy house husband as his LTLP (now I assume that’s Long Term Life Partner though he never really explains it) keeps reminding him.


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