Alan Butcher embarks on a mini-tour of signing events this weekend, starting on Friday at the Oval. Check out the incredible press notices he’s received so far for The Good Murungu – and please do come along to get your own copy signed by Butch himself!


Alan will be chatting to fans and signing copies of his book on:

  • Friday 12th – England v Pakistan, The Kia Oval
  • Saturday 13th – Worcester v Glamorgan, New Road, Worcester
  • Sunday 14th – Lancashire v Yorkshire, Old Trafford


Click here for more information, or to read a sample from The Good Murungu.


When Alan Butcher accepted the post of Zimbabwe Head Coach he knew he’d have his work cut out competing against the top cricket nations. He didn’t anticipate that some of his toughest opponents would be within the Zimbabwe set-up itself.


Part cricket memoir, part travelogue, part ode to Zimbabwe, part lament for a beautiful-but-troubled country, The Good Murungu is a fascinating insight into Zimbabwean cricket:

  • "Alan Butcher's Tale Reveals Tragedy And Comedy Of Zimbabwe. Not all about cricket and it is all the better for it. Here is evidence that, despite all the troubles, Zimbabwe as a country and its cricket can still come together to create a tremendous tale." --Steve James, The Telegraph
  • "From Zimbabwe, With Love. Full of affection, if also marked by disappointments and frustrations. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking. A celebration of the thrills of moving to a foreign land and truly becoming part of it. And there is more than enough raw emotion and sincerity." --Firdose Moonda,
  • "Starting with few preconceptions, I found this a fascinating book. I am getting to admire Pitch for being prepared to have a go with a book like this that will not be an obvious best seller but tells a tale well worth reading." --The Cricket Statistician
  • "Highly personal, a sort of an autobiography. From a country whose cricket has not been properly chronicled it is certainly the definitive history of the period, and there are elements of a travel guide about the book as well. The author steps well outside the mainstream of cricket writing and produces results that can fairly be described as unique. 4 stars."
  • "Things didn't always go well for [cover star Chris Mpofu] but he always came back with a smile and hard work. He called me dad I called him son and he always asked after his brothers and sisters (my kids)! he and guys like him were reasons why I loved the job so much no matter how hard it got." --The Daily News, Zimbabwe.
  • Fascinating reading. He writes with affection. At an age when people might start contemplating retirement, Alan Butcher's is as an exemplary and interesting tale from which his love of not just cricket is apparent." --
  • "An intriguing insight into cricket in Zimbabwe. Despite everything he went through, including two car crashes, accusations of racially motivated selections, he left the country with a deep fondness for Zimbabwe and its people - and memorably led the side to their first Test win six years and ODI success over South Africa."
  • "Whatever your impression of Zimbabwe's fragmented cricket and nation, it will only be heightened by this extraordinary read, which documents Butcher's three madcap years in charge. It is a compelling read, one which should be essential for all cricket fans. A book that I enjoyed from start to finish." --PeakFan's Derbyshire Cricket Blog
  • "So far this year Pitch have produced five new cricket titles. To describe them as ground breaking would risk an accusation of hyperbole, but they have all gone beyond what publishers would consider to be mainstream, and all are excellent."