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Farokh Engineer From the Far Pavilion [Kindle Edition]

John Cantrell , Farokh Engineer , John Major
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The story of the Lancashire and India wicketkeeper-batsman Farokh Engineer, one of the games great characters and entertainers.

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About the Author

John Cantrell has written several books, including Henry Maudslay and the Pioneers of the Machine Age (Tempus, 2002).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2525 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; 2nd edition (1 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DFM70OE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #790,324 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Farokh Engineer from the Far Pavilion 24 Mar. 2004
Sporting (auto)biographies can't usually be described as either a good read, or well-researched. But this one - even if you're not a cricketing enthusiast - stands out from the genre. It's an intelligent and entertaining account of the Indian and Lancashire wicket-keeping legend.
After a chance encounter at the Manchester Bridge Club, Farokh Engineer signed up a historian, John Cantrell, to tell his story. Cantrell's approach is meticulous, but never boring. He uses Farokh's own words - clearly italicised - without any pretence, as with ghost-written sports so-called autobiographies, that the narrator is the cricketer. Cantrell has taken care with the context, so that we find out a lot about life in India and the background to Farokh's career, as well as the sometimes shocking details of Indian cricketing politics.
The serious background stuff is peppered with Farokh's extraordinary tales of his life as a cricketer, though a little censorship appears to have taken place with some of the detail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am Engineer and you can be Snow or Sobers 18 Jan. 2005
I grew up with Farokh Engineer as one of my heroes and from this great book I can understand why. The man played his cricket to entertain and not surprisingly there is a distinctive edge to the book and it is compelling and addictive reading. I remember meeting the Lancashire team as an eager 10 year old at the Clarenden Court Hotel prior to a big final at Lords. The author faithfully captures the times and people and his stories of the likes of flat Jack and Pilling bring those guys back into focus some thirty years on as the decent folk that they are. Engineer's comments are forthright and spoken like a true Lancastrian. Some 30 or 40 years on, it doesn't really matter that the Indian selectors played politics, the fact that Farokh Engineer entertained and gave young British Asians someone to be in street cricket of the 1970s surely is good enough reason to read this book.
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