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Ashes 2009: When Freddie Became Jesus [Paperback]

Jarrod Kimber
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15 Dec 2009
Jarrod Kimber, the Aussie author of the cult cricketwithballs blog, goes where other cricket chroniclers fear to tread in his 2009 series Ashes diary. From his couch, in the stands, and with occasional press passes from The Wisden Cricketer, Kimber produces a totally unique take on events on and off the field: when he's not rubbing shoulders with cricket's glitterati, he's probably rubbing Steve Waugh up the wrong way. But amid the bawdy humour and ribald ranting is the kind of penetrating insight and love of the game that by the end of the summer had journalists of a more conventional nature tapping cricketwithballs into their search engines, and led The Guardian to describe him as a 22nd-century cricket writer.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pitch Publishing; 1st edition (15 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905411774
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905411771
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 476,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jarrod Kimber was born and bred in the Northern Suburbs of Melbourne to a family of cricket fundamentalists. Cricket was a huge part of his upbringing, much more so than schooling and it was suggested he leave high school. Over the years he worked for a cult, an airline and then became a filmmaker. Bored with endless conversations about Cronenberg, Lynch and Mise-en-scène he started a blog about cricket. This blog was cricketwithballs.com and it became so big he realised he could actually get paid to write about cricket so he made his way to England in 2008 to live the hedonistic life of a cricketer writer. He has seen cricket on three continents, backpacked his way around the World Cup in 2003, and once accidentally woke up Adam Gilchrist on a plane. He resides in South London, owns no cats, and during the 2009 cricket season he averaged 35 with his Hawk bat and 21 with the ball from 12 matches*. He will continue to write about cricket, but is also working on a screenplay called Godzilla Vs The Zombies.

* Jarrod requested that this information was included.

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5.0 out of 5 stars this is again Genius 22 Dec 2009
In his previous book, 2008, A Disrespective Jarrod basically used his blog posts to highlight the year in cricket. This book is different, this book is written by Jarrod especially about the Ashes, using some of his blogs, but mainly it is an exemplary description from a fan's view about the third greatest ashes series in the 2000's, because seriously this was a series between two average sides, neither of which were anywhere near as good as 2006, let alone 2005.

Laugh as Mitchell's Mum makes him Cry, weep as England decide that they're going to collapse in a little heap at headingly and get walked all over, snigger as Watson actually opens a test match innings, worship as Fred decides he's the Mesiah at Lords, and shake you head in wonder at how the Aussies could have been so stupid as to leave out Hauritz at the Oval

You'll read more thoughtful, painstaking books on this series, but you'll not read a better description of what actually happend as seen by a fan, who when it comes down to it, knows how to write a very very very funny and interesting book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ashes 2009: When Freddie Became Jesus 27 Dec 2009
Ignore the title; this is not a book about Andrew Flintoff, or Jesus. Although the great Lancastrian features strongly and Jrod gets biblical with his language, this book is about the Ashes first and Jarrod Kimber second. The biggest sporting event of the year and how Jrod fit into it : working as a cricket writer for the first time, being an Aussie in London and preparing to get married.

`When Freddie Became Jesus' is an entertaining yet perverted romp through this year's Ashes action. It's amusing, well structured and really takes you back to watching the action unfold. It is also written for the common man. You aren't being talked down to by a stuffed-shirted egg-and-bacon type, you get the passionate but fair thoughts, observations and commentary of the guy next to you in the pub - provided you're sitting in a pub in South London, and there is a scruffy looking Aussie with you, and he's called Jarrod, and he is working on Cricket With Balls).

I once said that there was only one Australian whose opinion on cricket I respected - Richie Benaud. There are now two. `When Freddie Became Jesus' now sits proudly on my bookshelf, between `The Art of Captaincy' and `A Lot of Hard Yakka'. It's better than both.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ashes..with balls! A great read. 15 May 2010
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I've read many books on The Ashes and Cricket in general. Most of the books I've read are either from the ex-playing journalist cognoscenti, or from the players involved, usually through a ghost writer. This book comes from a new angle completely and brings much to the table as a result.

Jarrod is an inveterate cricket blogger and Australian cricket fan now based in the UK, who manages to write insightful, well-informed and sometimes downright hilarious pieces about the cricket played during last years' series. He is frequently coarse but always funny. The book covers events on the field well, but some of the finest writing is reserved for his encounters with members of the cricketing or broadcasting elite, during his time at the grounds in each test.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well played Jrod.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Look, bloody ace - mate. 29 Mar 2010
Funnier than you.
Passionate and surprisingly fair.
A great read about a great series that wasn't played by great cricketers.
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