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Squeezing the Orange [Kindle Edition]

Henry Blofeld
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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The quintessentially English cricket commentator, writer, oenophile, bon viveur, collector and national treasure, fondly known as “Blowers”, tells his riveting life story.

Born in Norfolk and educated at Eton and Cambridge, Henry Calthorpe Blofeld OBE, nicknamed “Blowers” by the late Brian Johnston, is best known as a cricket commentator for Test Match Special on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. His distinctively rich, cut glass voice and his vividly eccentric observations of life on and off the pitch, have made him a household name, not only in Britain but around the world, wherever cricket is played. Blowers has been close the the heart of the game for over fifty years and his career has taken him to the far corners of the earth. This autobiography, stuffed to the gunwhales with delicious anecdotes, brings his astonishingly colourful story bang up to date.


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‘Blowers is the master of “painting a picture” … An irresistible adventure, a tribute to optimism, fine living and good friends’ Independent

‘No one knows or cares more about radio or can write about it with such wit, love and grace’ Stephen Fry

About the Author

Born in Norfolk and educated at Eton and Cambridge, Henry Calthorpe Blofeld OBE, nicknamed “Blowers” by the late Brian Johnston, is best known as a cricket commentator for Test Match Special on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. He has been a cricket writer for over 45 years.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3875 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007506406
  • Publisher: Blue Door (26 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C4IQM62
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,309 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Thoroughly Entertaining and Amusing Read 20 Oct. 2013
By KeithT
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Henry Blofeld will be familiar to many through his distinctive comentaries for the BBC's much beloved Test Match Special. Squeezing the Orange is a thoroughly entertaining read, in which Blowers describes his life's many adventures. Squeezing the Orange is Blowers' second volume of Memoirs, and is essentially a complete rewrite and update of the earlier 'A Thirst For Life'. Obviously, from someone that has been writing about Cricket since the 1960s and commentating since the Early 1970s, there is much about that game in the book, but there are also many other amusing anecdotes as well, taking place all over the World, although mostly those civilised parts of World where Cricket pitches and fine wine are to be found.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book. 6 April 2014
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Fascinating insight to cricket around the world over many years. Insightful, and often very amusing account by a very well informed writer who, but for a very serious road accident as a teenager, might have played rather than reported on Test cricket.
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4.0 out of 5 stars you can hear his voice as you read 6 Mar. 2014
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If you enjoy Henry Blofeld on TMS you will love this book. The tale of his upbringing and his professional career in broadcasting and journalism is quite fantastical at times, but always sincere. I read this book while on holiday and by the end of it felt a little bit as if Henry had been sat on the sunbed next to me. I don't go along with his world view, but if you like Blowers, you'll enjoy this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great reading 30 Jan. 2014
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I have enjoyed Henry on T.M.S. and his book did not disappoint in fact I found it humourous ,,and of a bygone era
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As always Henry Blofeld writes a great and easy to read book full of humour. It is very difficult to put down. I advise anyone mildly interested in cricket and a fan of Henry to buy the book - I am so glad I did.
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3.0 out of 5 stars who is a great Blowers fan 31 Jan. 2015
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Purchased for hubby, who is a great Blowers fan. He found the book enjoyable but, having read all the others, feels that perhaps this lovely man may be running out of ideas so found it slightly disappointing. :(
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blowers Tales 11 Jan. 2014
Format:Hardcover
HB has written amusing book giving interesting insught to TMS and cricket reporting in general,
Perhaps dwelling too long on his earlier vears and skimming over more recent times
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Blowers story 17 Aug. 2014
By Pal Joey VINE VOICE
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A rambling, sprawling mixture of enjoyable reminiscences. Includes the origin of "my dear old thing". Fun, but maybe could have done with a firmer editorial hand.
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