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Australia Blues - A Scot at The Ashes

Australia Blues - A Scot at The Ashes [Kindle Edition]

Stuart Croll , David Alexander
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Cricket United is delighted to be associated with the publication of this highly entertaining book. All profits from the sale of this book are being generously donated to The Lords Taverners. --

Wonderfully entertaining ... A keenly observed and winningly written account" Michael Simkins - author of The Last Flannelled Fool. --

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Stuart Croll and David Alexander are Scotsmen on a mission of international importance. As life-long cricket fans they are heading Down Under to watch the Ashes and cheering for England. Will they be welcomed by the Barmy Army? How do the Scots, Irish and Welsh feel about supporting the mighty, mighty England? Five cities, five five-day matches, fifty days on the road. What begins as a childhood ambition turns into an epic voyage through a rapidly changing Australia, set against the backdrop of a legendary Ashes series. Blending travelogue, sport, psychogeography, scurrilous opinion and with laughter on every page, AUSTRALIA BLUES packs a lot in to one suitcase and a carry-on bag. Always funny, genuinely enlightening, occasionally poignant a unique book that captures the highs and low of a tour of a distant land. With cameos from some of cricket s biggest names, Australia Blues gives the fans eye view of the exhausting experience of criss-crossing a vast continent with too little money, too little sleep and too much to drink.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1326 KB
  • Print Length: 357 pages
  • Publisher: Jibba Jabba Publishing (15 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HC0Z7Q8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,573 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fever Pitch for Cricket 2 Feb 2013
By Julia C
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This was a hugely enjoyable read, a dose of Australian sunshine and mordant wit, a fantastic combination. If, like me, you grew up with TMS burbling in the background, the sound of summers past was Arlott, Johnners and Aggers, and your school girl crush was Mike Brearley, you'll spend a pleasurable few hours in the company of Stuart and Dave tottering around the great Australian cricket grounds. You don't have to be a massive cricket fan to enjoy this book, a nodding acquaintance with the game will suffice. The joy of reading this is that the authors are clearly passionate about the subject, not nerdy, statistic-munching geeks, but sociable, observant, hilarious, gloriously witty and communicative. If you ever enjoyed reading Barry Norman, Clive James or Bill Bryson, you will know each wears his expertise lightly but has real zest for sharing their knowledge and experience. David Alexander and Stuart Croll certainly have the same dazzling linguistic flair that made me want to keep dipping into the book for the next city, the next match. This is Fever Pitch for cricket fans, for australophiles and anyone who enjoys a good laugh. Agreeing with a previous reviewer, it could do with a wee edit, and the designer should be beaten with a middle stump, but there is so much to love about this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This one hits the boundary. 9 Aug 2012
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This was a pleasant surprise. A very,very funny travel book with a bit of cricket thrown in. There is even a commentary on what it means to be English,Scottish,Irish and British in the present day - but even this is dealt with in a very humourous way.

I particularly loved the descriptions of trying to enter the stadium in Brisbane, nativity celebrations in Perth and celebrating the new year in Sydney.

This is easily one of the best books about sports spectating as a holiday choice I have ever read.

I am a cricket fan so I'm guessing that this book would still appeal to non-cricket fans. I hope so as travel books go it does deserve to reach a wide audience. Reminds me very much of the writing of Pete McCarthy and Stuart Maconie - and that is very much a compliment.

If you can't take Stuart Croll on holiday with you this is the next best thing.

Thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really classy and very funny. 20 Jan 2014
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This is the closest I've come to reading something as good as Bill Bryson. It is very funny but also an intelligent observation of 21st-century Australian and British sporting cultures. Croll's humour is clever and sharply-observed and he doesn't mind laughing at himself. I think the cover illustration doesn't really represent the humour in the book. The image suggests something more slapstick but the writing has much more maturity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smashed it for six!!! 18 July 2012
By mblack
Im not a huge fan of cricket and given the hit and miss nature of travel writing (some of it funny and interesting others boring and decidedly unfunny) I wasnt expecting alot from this book.

What a surprise then that I flew through it and couldnt put it down. I even enjoyed the cricket parts.

The writing is snappy and witty. The tales from Australia are interesting and something I could relate to from my travels around the place. I personally came away with a fonder perception of Melbourne than the author did but hey!!

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes cricket or travel writing or even those just looking for something funny to read. Ive a new found respect for ardent sports fans following their team across the globe and while I wont be watching cricket any time soon it has given me a longing to return to Australia.

I think its worth all 5 stars which is unusual for me as the only other review Ive given with 5 stars......Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom. High praise indeed.
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