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Morning Everyone: A Sportswriter's Life: An Ashes Odyssey [Paperback]

Simon Hughes
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6 April 2006

In A LOT OF HARD YAKKA, Simon Hughes provided a remarkable insight into the way that county cricket worked, and the people who lived their life in that world. Now, in MORNING EVERYONE, he follows on by revealing what really goes on in cricket broadcasting and, from his unique viewpoint, assesses how the game is changing.

As with his previous books, there are brilliant portraits of those he works with, from Richie Benaud and Geoff Boycott to Mike Atherton and Mark Nicholas. He shows how the life of a sportswriter is rarely as easy or as glamorous as it seems. As a former player himself, he has a fascinating insight into the current generation of stars, and highlights their achievements in the context of the battle for the Ashes - a true test of England's improvements in recent years.

Funny, revealing and insightful, this is a book no cricket lover can be without.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (6 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752877399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752877396
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 475,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon will be doing book signings at various cricket grounds over the summer to coincide with the test matches

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The story continues from the award-winning sports classic, A LOT OF HARD YAKKA

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By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Having previously enjoyed Simon Hughes books -"A Lot Of Hard Yakka" and "Yakking Around The World" I was looking forward immensely to reading "Morning Everyone". And you know what? I read it in a day, half of which I spent painting the living room, and indeed did enjoy it immensely. This is a review of absolutely no surprises whatsoever.

Whilst "Hard Yakka" was about the life of an ordinary County cricketer and Yakking was about his far flung travels as an ordinary cricketer "Morning Everyone" is about the life of a Sports journalist. Starting with his fledging career as a print journalist reporting on such sumptuous fare as London Transport Tube Drivers vs. Bus Conductors he describes his lamentable efforts as a sub-editor and early forays into radio and television. This is all done in his easy self decrepitating manner with lots of hugely amusing anecdotes that take in not just cricket , though that encompasses most of the books content, but football ,rugby , formula one, golf, rowing and darts .

It also acts as a sort of diary of the England cricket team's inexorable rise, from the rabble who were bottom of the test rankings in 1999 when Channel Four started their coverage of the game through to the super professional unit who retained The Ashes in 2005. Hughes fortunes seem to have mirrored those of the team with his massively successful spell as the analyst, an idea he points out that he initially pitched to the B.B.C.

As usual his observations on his co-commentators and various other people floating like confetti around the rarefied world of the sports media are balanced and perceptive.
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By Darren Simons TOP 500 REVIEWER
Okay, so the title of my review sounds critical but having read other Simon Hughes books I was expecting something a bit better really... something that really digs down into the Ashes and the battles ensued (and generally given up by England over the last 20 years).

Instead, the book is something quite different - it tells of Simon Hughes the cricket who became Simon Hughes the journalist who became Simon Hughes the analyst, as well as Simon Hughes the father etc etc... Including the word Ashes in the title is a little misleading as it only applies to a home series once every 4 years.

However, getting over the fact it wasn't the book I wanted to read I did actually find it quite an interesting read. In it, Hughes tells a lot about the history of televised cricket, how it developed when Channel 4 hosted it (notably his contribution), and some of the wit and nuances of each of the commentators (this was the best part!). I did find some of his apparent criticisms of others a little unncessary (notably Dermot Reeve) and he always seems to paint Ian Botham very negatively.

All in all, if you like the style of Simon Hughes's writing this is one to read, but if you are new to his writing I think others he has written have been better
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read 30 Mar 2010
Captures the memories and the feelings of the ashes series. A different perspective from the commentary box
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