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Australian Autopsy: How England Dissected Australia in the 2010/11 Ashes [Paperback]

Jarrod Kimber
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1 July 2011
English cricket fans will love Jarrod Kimber's second Ashes book Australian Autopsy (his first was When Freddie Became Jesus). Using his own unique brand of dry humour Aussie Kimber tells the story of the events of the winter 2010/11 series and England's record breaking 3-1 victory Down Under. Kimber travels around his homeland staying in flea-bitten motels, getting whispered at by Cricket Australia officials and bonding in a beautiful bromance with fellow cricket writer Sam Collins. When his book isn't chronicling his dreams about Alastair Cook, it is watching England cut deep into the Australian cricket system.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pitch Publishing (1 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908051027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908051028
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A deeply personal and extremely funny account of Kimber, his home country, cricket journalism, and life on an Ashes tour. Each page rages with insight, anger, humour, and most of all, originality. For the uninitiated, Kimber's cricketwithballs blog invented a style that spawned an army of imitators who could never quite match him. It is refreshing to read something so brazenly indifferent to the norm. Other Ashes books might say all the right things, with quotes from all the right people, but this is the fix cricket sadists would really enjoy." --ESPN CricInfo

About the Author

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. 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. Australian Autopsy is his third cricket book; he will continue to write about cricket, but is also working on a screenplay called Godzilla Vs The Zombies.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top pick of the Ashes 2 Oct 2011
Sports books have succumbed to immediacy. Thus even the great writers, like Gideon Haigh, have been forced to produce their Ashes views in book form too soon. Newspaper columns are glued together with blogs and the occasional overview. The inevitable repetition of the originals often makes the aggregation less than the individual parts.

Australian Autopsy is a happy exception to this. It was written only once the tour was over and has a narrative which reflects this. Tests are placed in context, views are considered and the reader emerges at the end wiser and more amused than he began. It helps, of course, that Jarrod is an accomplished writer and someone who is rewriting the way that cricket is reported. More Michael Moore than Neville Cardus, Kimber loves cricket but has no desire to applaud or join the corporate folly which now accompanies it. He writes wonderfully well about the players as people, discussing their backgrounds and skills with real empathy, but is hugely critical of the way that the modern press briefing or the sell out to sponsorship diminish these people to undifferentiated banality.

With his video diaries (see [...]) Jarrod has created a witty but serious highlight to the last three England Test series. For all but the most traditional readers, this book should be an equally compelling purchase.Brother of the More Famous Jack
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars JOYLESS AND JUVENILE 6 Dec 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
What do you want from a cricket book, especially a book about one of the greatest ever tours down under? If the answer to that question is an insider's guide to the ups and downs of the series, combined with relevant player interviews and honest observations, well written by the author, then this book is not for you. And to be honest, it wasn't for me either. It starts well, you soon start to identify with the author as he struggles to obtain accreditation for the five match series starting at the unfriendly Gabba in Brisbane and his frustrations at the ridiculous regulations can be easily empathised with. However, as the book progressed, for me, it became less and less amusing to read the sarcastic destruction of the Australian and in some cases the English team. The book soon degenerates into a `how clever can I be at witty, caustic writing?' A self indulgent spew of text. I found myself skipping pages in an attempt to get to the meat of the book. Sadly, there was none to be had and although the author managed to give his Australians a good literary kicking, I was looking for a more intelligent offering than this. Kindle? Delete!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 13 Sep 2011
This book is about a journalist's journey through the 2010/11 Ashes series. It is funny and packed with interesting opinions/observations about both sides. If Hunter S Thompson had written about cricket it probably would have come out something like Australian Autopsy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read. 25 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Jarrod's knowledge of the game combined with his sense of humour make this a great read. It's easy to read but makes you think about the game. It's. always good to get a new opinion of the game as it's played in the 21st Century.
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