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Not in my Day, Sir: Cricket Letters to The Daily Telegraph [Hardcover]

Martin Smith
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Book Description

25 May 2011

The Telegraph has always been sports fans’ paper of choice, and its wonderful Letters page a forum for trenchant debate and robust wit. This first collection of the finest letters written to the paper over the years ranges from Bodyline to helmets, swing bowling to sunglasses.

SIR-I don’t see why batsmen today accept being confronted by bowlers wearing gold necklaces and particularly sunglasses. When I played cricket no jewellery was worn. As batsmen, we liked to see the colour of the bowlers’ eyes. Would an umpire uphold my complaint today if I refused to face a bowler so adorned?
D.J.W., Evesham

SIR – As one who has seen leadership under pressure at all levels, I would like to add my congratulations to Andrew Strauss. When he took over, English cricket was in crisis; he gave it inspiration and intelligent tactical direction…He had some luck running for him at the Oval but as Napoleon observed: “Give me a lucky general.”
Field Marshal L.B., London SW1


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd; 1st Edition edition (25 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845136268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845136260
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

`Wonderful book celebrates the timeless tradition of writing cricket letters' - Steve James --Daily Telegraph, 24 May 2011

`very entertaining... Martin Smith has managed to choose a fascinating and eclectic selection of correspondence' --Cricket Web, 5th June 2011 -

`Acerbic, witty, opinionated and hilarious' --Cricket World, 16th June 2011 -

`very entertaining... Martin Smith has managed to choose a fascinating and eclectic selection of correspondence' --Cricket Web

`Acerbic, witty, opinionated and hilarious'
--Cricket World

About the Author

Martin Smith was assistant sports editor of the Telegraph for many years. He has edited previous Telegraph anthologies for Aurum on the Tour de France, Formula One, Wimbledon, horse racing and cricket letters. He lives in Bedfordshire.

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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Men of Letters 6 Jun 2011
Format:Hardcover
his book is an unexpected treat. I assumed it would be an endless parade of wing-commanders, field marshalls and Tory peers bemoaning the lapses in standards and how cricket isn't what it was. Sure enough, they're present in this book, which is a selection of cricket letters to the Telegraph from 1928 to the present day, but there are players, pundis and, best of all, a well-informed public whose love of the game shines through their witticisms and whingeing.

The editor has done a good job of selecting letters that effectively tell the story of cricket down the decades. Body-line, Packer, Sobers' six sixes: they're all here - but there's a lot of humour, much of it intentional and some of it simply old-fashioned pedantry.

My favourite is a letter from Richard Hutton, son of Sir Len. In a few hundred unflattering and savagely witty words he described the Fred Trueman he knew as a boastful, boorish team-mate rather than the bluff character beloved of TMS listeners. Recommended to anyone with an interest in cricket history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Throughly enjoyable ! 28 Aug 2013
By El Tel
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Humorous and entertaining this journey through the Telegraphs cricket letters is a joy to read. The broad range of opinions and ideas shows what Cricket has meant to fans throughout the last 100+ years. The format is especially suited to reading via Kindle on a smart phone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 21 Aug 2013
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I bought this for a cricket-loving Uncle who has an extensive library of cricket-related books, magazines and, scarily, every edition of Wisden since it was first published. This, then, was a signal purchase for such an aficionado. But he loved it, laughed out loud at some of the early letters, nodded in sage agreement at the sentiments expressed in others and became quite animated in his disagreement over the merits or otherwise of 'Tuffers'.

A great book for any cricket-lover's smallest room or coffee table.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good read 15 May 2013
By rosie18
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My husband found it very funny. He is still reading it but is enjoying it. Good fast delivery. overall very pleased
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real good read 8 July 2012
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bought this book for a present to a cricket fanatic. Some great stories and quotes from many occasions over the years wheich have perhaps been taken for granted, but still live with cricket fans . A good buy
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4.0 out of 5 stars IN PRINT AT LAST! 6 Feb 2012
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I bought this book because a friend told me that a letter of mine to the Daily Telegraph was included. It was fun to see that but I also enjoyed the wide range of cricket topics covered in the book. It is excellent as a bedside book to dip into for a few minutes before sleep.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprise! 13 Feb 2012
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Cricket is the nearest I get to religion, so I buy all sorts of twaddle in its name. I did not have high hopes of this book, expecting it to be relegated to the toilet, for the occasional otherwise engaged browsing.

In the event, I read it cover to cover in three days, enjoying every exchange and not a few of the nutty rule-changes suggested. It's basically the history of English cricket, in the words of dozens of contributors.

Highly recommended, in or out of the bathroom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not in my day sir 12 April 2014
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A very interesting collection of letters which is also very amusing A good book to spend time browsing the contents
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A different but interesting look at the world of cricket
(This was the 2nd copy of the book you sent me, as the first had obviously been returned to you - it was defaced. Read more
Published 7 months ago by nasher123
3.0 out of 5 stars Quality OK, delivered on time
OK, some interesting points but gets a little repetitive. Could do with comment from some of the more
'lively' readers
Published 7 months ago by Alan Dandy
4.0 out of 5 stars Always in my day
A very good read. A book to pick up, read a few letters and then put down. I was a little surprised that it did not make me laugh more. Read more
Published 9 months ago by FRIARMERE
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book of Letters
From early part of the twentieth century Daily Telegraph readers have been writing to their favourite newspaper on their favourite subject, cricket. In the days of Gentlemen v. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Peter T.
3.0 out of 5 stars A curates egg
Yes - good in parts - some big smile moments as the halcyon days of elder MCC members are recalled - frowning at chewing gum or wearing caps are genuine funny moments. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr M J Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read
A great read for cricket fans.....not all retired military types some real fans of cricket as well....
Surprisingly modern opinions... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mrs M R Stobbs
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
Given the chance, probably wouldn't bother again!! Not very gripping and a good deal is pre 1950. Some content is amusing, just not enough
Published 12 months ago by mark w pearce
4.0 out of 5 stars An unusual read
I would recommend this book to all cricket lovers.In the first place the letters are so diverse. Some are thoughful in the extreme,some pleasantly humerous , some analytical in... Read more
Published 12 months ago by jac
4.0 out of 5 stars Plus ca change.....
I enjoyed the reminders of the pre-T20 days of cricket, and the fact that even in 5-day test matches there is a dichotomy between the need to win at all costs and the expectations... Read more
Published 12 months ago by T.J.Oliver
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