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Cricket, Lovely Cricket?: An Addict's Guide to the World's Most Exasperating Game Paperback – 21 Aug 2008


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Yellow Jersey (21 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 022407914X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224079143
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,109,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"further than the light-hearted tone might suggest towards an explanation of why the infuriating sport means so much to so many -- Daily Telegraph

"...Lawrence Booth, one of England's funniest and most engaging cricket writers...Cricket, Lovely Cricket is a wry, self-deprecating and amusing look as much at the `world's most exasperating game' of the subtitle as at the most exasperating experience of following it...The anecdotes - and there are many of them - are excellent...the gags are funny...And Booth wages a delightful war against the clichés that disfigure daily cricket writing....But Cricket, Lovely Cricket? Comes most alive when it turns, through an exploration of how the English follow this game, into a study of Englishness itself."
-- The Independent

"Cricket journalist Lawrence Booth has put together a sports book like no other. Crammed with anecdotes, observations and witty insight" -- Daily Express

"A typically impressive effort from one of the game's best writers"
-- Yorkshire Post

"Effortlessly readable... Booth's lightness of touch helps his mosy around some familiar themes pass very pleasantly"
-- Spin World Cricket Monthly

"Humorous yet insightful, Cricket, Lovely cricket will entertain you through those long, lonely winter evenings"
-- Sport Magazine

"Wry, affectionate, irreverent and full of delicious anecdotes" -- Metro

Readers familiar with Lawrence Booth's often richly comic prose in the Guardian and elsewhere will relish this...
Booth has a wonderfully consistent comic eye and ear and describes, sometimes brilliantly, attitudes within the game.
-- All Out Cricket

`Wry, affectionate, irreverent and full of delicious anecdotes' -- Metro

`a wry, self-deprecating and amusing look at the "world's most exasperating game"' -- Independent

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"Wry, affectionate, irreverent and full of delicious anecdotes"

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 6 May 2010
Format: Paperback
I agree with the other enthusiastic reviews here - this is a very good book in which Lawrence Booth gives thoughtful and very funny reflections on cricket past and present. He writes very well, with an easy, flowing and amusing style which has an excellent balance of real knowledge and insight with irony and self-deprecation. There's nothing shocking in the way of revelation here, but Booth does give some very engaging and thought-provoking perspectives on things like sledging, the various national psyches and the politics of the game.

It's not as consistently hilarious as, say, Fatty Batter or Rain Men - that's not the point of this book - but it does have several laugh-out-loud moments and a grin on most pages. He also has the grace to credit others for jokes and insights - like Vic Marks's description of a tedious, cliché-filled press conference by Inzamam-ul-Haq as "Much Urdu about nothing."

This is very readable, very knowledgeable, very interesting and very amusing. What more can you ask of a book about cricket? Very warmly recommended.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Melanie G on 28 Nov. 2008
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This is a corker of a book, which would appeal to both the hardened anorak wearer and those who couldn't care less about Bradman's career average. It's witty, informative, irreverent, inclusive, and takes self-deprecation to the nth degree (a quality sadly lacking in many cricket writers). I read the whole thing with a smile on my face and defy anyone not to chortle whilst reading the extracts from Graham Gooch's Indian blogs.

If you are lucky enough to find Lawrence in your stocking this Christmas, you won't be disappointed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. B. Hanley on 9 Aug. 2010
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This book was a joy from start to finish. As a hardened cricket-tragic, I found myself laughing out loud at the passage near the beginning where Lawrence describes sitting on a train and contorting himself to try and get a look at the next delivery in an anonymous village match he happens to be passing. Initially I was worried that he'd peaked too early and that it would be downhill from there on, but it wasn't. I'd thoroughly recommend this work to anyone interested in cricket who enjoys witty and sparkling prose.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Ben Carpenter on 20 Sept. 2008
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I'd read Lawrence's other book, or at least it was a 'toilet book', and so I was drawn to this more conventional work, being a sportsfan and a follower of Lawrence's work online.
Its just as good (better, even) as the easy wit of The Spin, his weekly cricket column, and is full of name-dropping, jokes, etc. All funny and accessible.

I love my sports books, and for once I don't feel like I'm being spoken down to. Mr Booth is happy for us to join us in his world. He welcomes us in.

Write something else and I'll pop in again!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Bradshaw on 15 July 2009
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This book is a brilliant, whimsical look at Cricket the game, its players, the countries that play, the Media and the fans.

Lawrence Booth is an excellent writer with a brilliant sense of wry humour and I laughed all the way through the book.

Get this and get Armball to Zooter and get onto the Guardian site for the OBO coverage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave Gooda on 17 Jan. 2014
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A very good book with an unusual aspect on the game looking forward to reading it when i have time
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By Peter J Massam on 23 Mar. 2013
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Bought this for a cricket loving friend as a birthday present. He was delighted with it and has been amused by it. Satisfactory idea then!
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