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Elk Stopped Play: And Other Tales from Wisden's 'Cricket Round the World' [Hardcover]

Charlie Connelly
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13 Mar 2014 Wisden
There are few parts of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack that embody the magic and appeal of the game more than Cricket Round the World. Elk Stopped Play is a carefully-chosen selection of stories from twenty years of one of Wisden's most-loved sections. Combining the highlights of two decades of the Almanack's coverage of the game's further reaches, as well as original material that places the stories in context and expands upon the incidents and personalities involved, it is an original and eccentric examination of the sport's enduring worldwide appeal. There are extraordinary matches, great individual performances, stories of exceptional pioneering dedication and quirky incidents from all over the world, from games staged on tiny, far-flung Pacific islands to the frozen wastes of the Antarctic, from cricketers dodging mortars in Baghdad to Indonesian mud wickets on converted buffalo paddocks via fractured French skulls, Antarctic barbecues and untimely interruptions by Finnish elk. The perfect book to dip into either during the cricket season or during the long wait for the end of April to come round again, Elk Stopped Play is a fantastic addition to the Wisden bookshelf.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (13 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408832372
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408832370
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlie Connelly is a bestselling author and award-winning broadcaster.

He is the author of ten books, including the bestselling 'Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round The Shipping Forecast', and 'And Did Those Feet...: Walking Through 2000 Years Of British And Irish History'.

'Attention All Shipping' is one of the biggest selling travel narratives of the past decade, was a Radio 4 Book of the Week, and the audio version was voted the second greatest audiobook of all time in a Guardian/Waterstones poll in August 2008. 'And Did Those Feet' was also a Radio 4 Book of the Week, read by Martin Freeman.

Charlie was a presenter on the BBC Holiday programme, his first film for which won the Silver Thistle Award for international broadcasting.

He co-presented the first three series of Traveller's Tree with Fi Glover for BBC Radio 4 and devised and presented the acclaimed documentary 'Noel Coward, The Poet' for the same channel. He has been a regular guest on 'Excess Baggage' and has also appeared on BBC Radio 2, RTÉ Radio 1, Newstalk 106.2 and BBC Five Live. Charlie was shortlisted for the 2008 British Guild of Travel Writers' Radio Award for his work on Traveller's Tree.

He has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Times, New Statesman, Arena, Irish Times, Sunday Times, Glasgow Herald and - much to his accountant's amusement - the Financial Times. He has also written comedy scripts for RTÉ Radio One and wrote the well-received comedy show What's The Story?, broadcast in January 2011, for the same channel.

Charlie is a popular and entertaining public speaker, having lectured at the Royal Geographical Society, sold out the Edinburgh Festival and spoken at numerous events and festivals with venues for his solo appearances ranging from a sold out Glasgow Royal Concert Hall to the Toller Porcorum Village Hall in Dorset.

He has sung Blue Moon of Kentucky live on Uzbek national television with the country's biggest pop star, is an official ambassador for a breakaway Lithuanian republic, was once hounded by the UK national press after being falsely accused of intending to invade Rockall, was presented with an honorary team shirt with his name on by the Liechtenstein national football team and has been chased across the Great Plain by Hungarian gangsters. They thought he was someone else, but fortunately he didn't notice until they were arrested.

Charlie was born and raised in London. He now lives in Dublin.

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a glorious collection...a small book of uncomplicated brilliance. Cricketer Love shines from the pages, a love for cricket evident in both the reports themselves and the way the editor, Charlie Connelly, has updated them. Love, too, for people as well as the game. Spectator a series of funny, poignant, heroic, historic, farcical and contemporary tales that will pass many a peaceful hour. School Sport the perfect way to pass the time. Oldie

About the Author

Charlie Connelly is an award-winning broadcaster and the author of ten books, including the bestselling Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round The Shipping Forecast. He has collected Wisden since receiving the 1983 edition for his thirteenth birthday and lives in London. Foreword by Michael Palin.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly in the Wisden tradition 13 Mar 2014
By John
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This is a lovely book, beautifully produced, and with exactly the right feel for the enjoyment and sense of purpose that exists among those who play cricket in out of the way places. It is the blend of seriousness and humour, keeping to the rules and making allowances for local conditions, that sums up what we love about the game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely gift for a cricket fan! 30 May 2014
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A lovely, well produced hardback which makes a beautiful-to-look-at and thoughtful little gift for any cricket fan (without breaking the bank)!
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5.0 out of 5 stars nice present 14 May 2014
By baggy
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present for my father good occasional book with interesting little stories for reading during quiet times wisden great cricketing brand
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5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read 1 May 2014
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A thoroughly enjoyable tour right around the cricketing world. Many congratulations to Charlie Connelly - who is a fellow Charlton supporter!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More please. 10 Jun 2014
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Another wonderful anthology from wisden. You don't even have to like cricket to enjoy this book. A highly entertaining read.
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