- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Sceptre; New edition edition (7 Nov. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340819898
- ISBN-13: 978-0340819890
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 12.7 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,043,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Balham to Bollywood Paperback – 7 Nov 2002
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Fascinating and funny...a hilarious sequence of adventures, misadventures and downright oddities. Side-stepping or subverting the usual cliches of the British in India, England's book is a truly original read. (Wisden)
Part travelogue, part cricketing diary, part expose of Indian cinema, this irresistible and unlikely mixture combines to make a hilarious whole. If you only buy one book, buy this and get three books for the price of one. (Nick Hancock)
This is a charming, hugely recommended, fun book. (Cricketer)
One of the most entertaining and enjoyable reads I've had in a long while...amusing, absorbing and splendidly illustrated. (Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph)
Chris England writes as he bowls, to great comic effect. His account of an acting/cricketing jaunt to a little known part of India sparkles with funny anecdotes about cricket, Bollywood, locals, actors, and of course, Chris England. A real page-turner. (Arthur Smith)
A light and funny read (Time Out)
A hilarious volume (Glasgow Herald)
As read on Radio 4, the hilarious book introducing a great new comic blend of sport and travel.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
I was drawn to this book by three things, Cricket (my favourite sport), Balham (it's where I live)and Chris England who wrote "An Evening with Gary Lineker" (along with another Balham resident, Arthur Smith).
Actually Chris England lives is Streatham but explains that for aliteration purposes he chose the nearest place which begins with B!
The success of this book lies purely in Englands writing style, which is humorous, honest, self effacing and touching yet the twinkle is never far from his eye.
If you are interested in cricket, films, acting, India or just want a good laugh this book is definatey for you.
film making, India, Bollywood and, -oh yes - cricket. It's also - endearingly - about the author's prejudices. He rants about , amongst other things, Dennis Norden, airport luggage shops, and self obsessed extras. The literary equivalent of an unbroken partnership of 254 between David Gower and Derek Randall. Buy. Now.
However, I work with many Indians, which is how I became aware of, and ultimately saw, "Lagaan". "Lagaan" - in the worldwide sense - is a movie classic and one of the best pictures I have seen in my life.
When I first saw this book, it was because of its connection to "Lagaan" and the cricket match that I bought it. I am recommending this book because it is a really funny book. Until the end, when he writes of the tragic earthquake which hit India after filming was completed, Chris England appears to have fun with the writing. Even some of his more serious stuff has amusing twists at the end (except, as I said, for the earthquake segment).
The book is easy to read and everyone, including non-cricketers, will be able to understand and appreciate the humor.
I hope Chris will get more roles that will allow him the experiences that he shared with us in this book. He is an engaging writer. If he does receive such an opportunity, I would love to read that book as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is an amazing tale of movie making, cricket and India. Make sure you watch Lagaan first (or in installments whilst reading the book as I did) as it has great descriptions... Read morePublished on 22 Sept. 2010 by Jay Zed
Don't worry if you are not a cricket fan (I don't understand the game so have little interest in it) - this is more a book about getting on abroad and trying to make it big in the... Read morePublished on 4 April 2007 by Hayles
It's been a while coming, but finally there is a cricket book to rival Marcus Berkmann's excellent Rain Men. Read morePublished on 3 July 2003 by Stuart
Maybe one should always be suspicious of books where the jacket reviews seem to be written by the author's mates. Read morePublished on 8 Mar. 2003
Having heard this on the radio as a Book Of The Week I was delighted to discover it as a cassette. A very enjoyable listen. Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2003
...Bits were amusing, certainly, but there was also much that was irritating, banal, trite and just unfunny. Read morePublished on 1 Jan. 2003
This has to be the funniest most enjoyable cricket read I've come across. The Indian location gives it extra spice, and the Bollywood backdrop some extra glamour, but this is at... Read morePublished on 19 Nov. 2002
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