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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSport (14 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007382871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007382873
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Lloyd, aka "Bumble", is a former Lancashire and England cricketer who also coached both sides. He first came to prominence on the iconic Test Match Special radio show before becoming a leading member of the SkySports cricket commentary team, and the face of their Twenty20 coverage. He writes a fortnightly column for the Daily Mail, a blog on the SkySports website, and appears regularly on Cricinfo's cricket podcast. Bumble is a massively popular after-dinner speaker and has also been a star turn in Countdown's Dictionary Corner.

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‘The best cricket book of the year…laugh out loud funny’ –-Daily Mail

‘Revealing’ –-The Guardian

‘A paean to cricket and pubs and laddishness and gentle grumpiness’–-The Independent

‘For comedy genius, David Lloyd takes the (half) biscuit’–-Times Online

‘In this book Lloyd revels in the quirkier and humorous side of cricket, while offering behind-the-scenes action of his years spent following cricket round the globe’–-Nottingham Post

About the Author

David Lloyd, aka "Bumble", is a former Lancashire and England cricketer who also coached both sides. He first came to prominence on the iconic Test Match Special radio show before becoming a leading member of the SkySports cricket commentary team, and the face of their Twenty20 coverage. He writes a fortnightly column for the Daily Mail, a blog on the SkySports website, and appears regularly on Cricinfo's cricket podcast. Bumble is a popular after-dinner speaker and has also been a star turn in Countdown's Dictionary Corner.


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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By I. J. Robinson on 4 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm sure I'm not alone in hoping for a bit of rain during a Test Match just so that I can listen to David Lloyd without the distraction of any cricket!

Now I can enjoy his words of wit and wisdom at any time thanks to this terrific new book.

Bumble ensures that every page is an event by combining his unique brand of humour with the magic of a natural storyteller. It's a read that gets you in all the right areas - the heart, the head and, of course, the funny bone!

Marks out of ten? I'll give it Twenty/20!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Silver Scorpion on 9 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is great fun. I'm a female northerner and I love this to bits. the humour is great, the stories and tales relating to all sorts of things, not just cricket are fabulous. It is a shame that I'm almost at the end of disc 8 and I want more. Bumble's take on the world is hiilarious, especially the tale of the dog who would gladly welcome people into the home but would not let them out again, well not without a fight anyway. Been there, done that, knew what was coming as soon as he mentioned the dog letting people in ... as a dog owner it was priceless, as are the many stories of pub crawls, in and out of The Circus Tavern in Manchester (amongst others) with the lads, the Brigadier walking straight through Bumble's living room while they are watching telly because it was a 'short cut' through his house LOL. Bumble paints a very vivid, laugh out loud picture of his life to date, complete with a sackful of double entrendes, cricketing stories, his favourite golf courses, food, fellow players, comedians he likes, bands etc and for the lovers of the game there's also a bit of cricket in there too.

I don't get why people don't like this or say it's tedious because I found it to be very entertaining, very funny and I'm genuinely sad it came to an end - all good things do I guess. We are all different so perhaps it's a good thing we all have our own opinions, perhaps it's because I'm a northerner and not so easily offended by the humour, which really is funny, it's not gross or over the top and it's not peppered with bad language, it's gentle and funny and I love it. Hope there wil be a Start the Car 2 - I'm already first in line for a copy.

Thanks Bumble, loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Dec. 2010
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Oh deary me, what a strange book to review. On the one hand this is a book about cricket, written in the inimitable Bumble way, full of quirkiness, English eccentricity and good natured banter. On the other, it is a book full of rich, essentially northern, Lancastrian characters, characters that come rubber stamped with 'mad as a hatter' printed all over them. Still, despite that and despite my being a southern softie, I enjoyed immensely this ramble over the history of cricket since the late '60s. Mr Lloyd, or the Commander as he is affectionately known back home in Accrington, certainly has an eye (and a pen) for a good story or two, with half the book reading like a session down the (real ale) boozer. To me this is a good sign, and at the end of 'The World' I genuinely felt as if I had been chucked out of a pub at closing time. The thing I liked the most is that the style is completely un-forced, Mr Lloyd has a natural wit and endearing charm, charm that makes his book rattle along like a real ding-dong-do, whether he be waxing lyrically about the genius of Mark E Smith, fishing or just swapping Flintoff stories with the reader. My only complaint is that he never mentioned my favourite cricketer, the fantastic Ashley Giles, or that he seems to be unaware of the band Peter & the Test Tube Babies - as he would love their lyrics, given his penchant for slightly juvenile humour. It only remains for me to say, to Mr Lloyd: "Now, get back on the telly and rub their Aussie noses in the Ashes"!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HJ on 11 Aug. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I bought this after reading the comments of the one-star reviewer (someone who can't spell claiming something is poorly written tells you all you need to know sometimes). A big thankyou.

David Lloyd has made me laugh endlessly as a television commentator and now he has me guffawing in print.

As previous reviewers have said, this book is rather like him chatting to you down the pub. Actually, it's like the best all-dayer you've ever had. He is exactly the kind of bloke you'd like a session with. And his mates the Regiment would be welcome too.

His crackpot enthusiasm spills off every page and although his pen-portraits of his Sky colleagues at the start of the book are outstanding, Start the Car's greatness is in the latter half of the book. Here, we find out everything that has shaped the man thousands of us dearly love (his childhood, his cricket club, Accrington Stanley, love of a pint, a passion for comedy).

Above all, this book promotes our Bumble as a natural storyteller. The young Flintoff dressing room escapade is priceless and how could anyone other than Bumble get away with trying to locate the whereabouts of a confiscated blow-up doll while in charge of an international team? Legend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dengie Tel on 22 Aug. 2013
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If you have no interest in cricket, then don't bother. However, if you do and you also find the absurd and ridiculous to be funny, then this is a must. A truly hilarious insight into Bumble's perception of the world of leather on willow coupled with timely rants about the world in general. The book is written with a 'behind-the-scenes' theme that, for the most part, is quite enthralling and usually very, very funny. I won't spoil it by going into detail but, for instance, the story about Freddie Flintoff receiving a lightening delivery in the 'meat and two veg' department had me crying with laughter and my sides hurt for some time after. I still start to giggle to myself when thinking about it.

All in all, an excellent read.

A tip,,,,,,,,,,,,when reading, do so with Bumble's Lancastrian accent in your head. It adds to the hilarity.
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