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Batting on the Bosphorus: A Skoda-powered Cricket Tour Through Eastern Europe [Paperback]

Angus Bell
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Book Description

26 Jun 2008
Following a chance encounter with a psychic, Angus Bell sets off on an 8,000-mile Skoda-powered road trip across Eastern Europe in search of a cricket match. It’s a gloriously batty adventure which brings Bell face-to-face with fingerless fielders in the Czech Republic, Serbian MI6 agents, and the realisation that England’s most eccentric game is being played with passion in the strangest corners of the continent.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books (26 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847672906
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847672902
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 567,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* 'Very funny. Dave Gorman meets Andrew Flintoff in clothes borrowed from Billy Connolly.' - The Times * 'Weird and wonderful... one of the maddest, most enterprising cricket tours of all time' - Guardian * 'It deserves to be as big a hit as the blow Bell dealt a cricket ball on the bridge over the Bosphorus, propelling it from Europe into Asia.' - Daily Telegraph"

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A unique and hilarious traveller's tale that redefines the spirit of cricket

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This is a fantastic book even if you are not a fan of cricket! In fact if you don't understand cricket you'll find this book even funnier. Inspired by a Canadian Psychic and accompanied by a family ghost, Angus the intrepid Caledonian Cricketer sets out in his Skoda to conquer Eastern Europe armed with only an MCC coaching manual and some stumps! You'll find this a very easy to read book with plenty of images included some nice glossy colour ones (just in case your imagination can't conjure up a 5'9" Scotsman lofting a tennis ball from Europe into Asia across the river Bosphorus!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cricket, with a hilarious spin! 22 Feb 2011
Who knew there was so much cricket enthusiasm in Eastern Europe!? Bell's writing is funny throughout, and full of stories on the fascinating people he meets. This is a great book if you want a fresh, funny perspective on countries like The Ukraine, Romania, Croatia, Slovenia and Estonia. His mission is simple: to explore the European cricket underworld, and all its eccentricities, taking a Skoda from The UK to Istanbul and back. An amazing journey, with such interesting stories. Mafia, spies, fingerless terrorists! Priceless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Gift for My Father 16 Mar 2011
I bought this book after several recommendations from friends, giving it to my dad as a gift... he loves it! It's very funny, and easy to read.
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What can I say ? A very funny book about a beautiful and serious game that is able to laugh at itself. Excellently written.
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