Colin is close to completing 1973, his third book for Hansib publications. 1973 is about Colin’s life as a second generation Caribbean boy in Britain alongside a string of events which happened that year. These include the 1973 West Indies cricket tour of England.

Colin would be grateful to speak to West Indies supporters who attended any of the 1973 England v West Indies Tests at The Oval, Edgbaston, or Lord’s. Or remember watching the Tests on BBC television

You will be contributing to a book which has been described as revealing ‘a beautiful talent for immersing the reader into history, allowing them to feel and share the journey of our pasts’.

Dennis Amiss, Dickie Bird, Keith Fletcher, Lance Gibbs, Frank Hayes, Vanburn Holder and Deryck Murray are some of the contributors who have shared their stories for 1973. Please contact Colin at:


Colin Babb in Norwich

Colin Babb in Norwich with biscuits!

Colin was a guest speaker for the Norfolk Cricket Society in Norwich on Thursday 22 February 2018.

Colin’s talk at the Great Western Hotel in Norwich was well received by a warm and appreciated audience.

Following a lively question and answer session, Colin pulled the numbers out of a tub for a special prize draw. One member of the audience kindly donated his prize of a packet of Shortbread Petticoat Tails biscuits to Colin!

After the event, Colin signed and sold some of copies of They Gave the Crowd Plenty Fun and joined in a chat over a drink or two with some of the audience. 

Rob Kelly, one of the Norfolk Cricket Society event organisers, described Colin’s guest appearance as, “A fun evening of cricket chat and social history made all the more enjoyable by some neat audience participation”.

Thanks again to Rob, and to Karen Kelly for taking photographs for our Flickr gallery.