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Batting on the Bosphorus: A Skoda-powered Cricket Tour Through Eastern Europe Paperback – 26 Jun 2008

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books (26 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847672906
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847672902
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,470 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Guinan on 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Oliver Clarke on 26 Aug. 2008
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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I have taken inspiration from this book. We all could.

If you ever wondered what it would be like to travel around the world to foreign countries not versed in the sport which you are playing while confused locals watch you pursue your bizarre pastime then Angus Bell will tell you. This is presumably what it is like to be an American sports fan abroad.

To appeal to general interest groups; drinking, driving (not immediately after the former) in a ridiculous car and buggery are thrown in for good measure. If you are not big enough to wear your Dad's pads, or too immature to not run around with his box strapped around your forehead, then you should wait a few years before you read this book and get some silly ideas. If you are too old to bowl anything faster than a gentle medium wobbler or too sedentary to take to the cricket field at all then this will be short and unique enough to hold your interest for a while. If you like cricket and have ambitions or experience of travelling to Eastern Europe you will probably read this twice. Enjoy, I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Antonian on 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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By Barrie Walshe on 20 April 2014
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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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