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Taking it from Behind: From Boycott to Blewitt - Cricket's Changing Face in Yorkshire's Quest for Glory [Hardcover]

Richard Blakey , Andrew Collomosse
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8 Nov 1999
Richard Blakey, the Yorkshire wicket-keeper, chronicles the 1999 season as his team battles for honours in all four competitions. This is a "fly-on-the-wall" account of a season in top-class cricket, which also examines the issues that confront the game at the approach of the new millennium. Blakey looks at his own career, the men he has played with and against, and the issues that have dominated cricket in the 1990s.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing; First printing. edition (8 Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840182407
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840182408
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 993,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Blakey, the Yorkshire wicket-keeper, chronicles the 1999 season as his team battle for honours in all four competitions.

Caught Behind is a fly-on-the-wall account of a season in top-class cricket and it also examines the issues that confront the game as we approach the new millennium. Blakey looks back on his own career, the men he has played with and against and the issues that have dominated cricket over the last ten years. This forthright account gives a true insight into what makes a county cricket club tick both on and off the field.


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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Taking It From Behind' - who could want more? 29 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover
I must confess, I didn't expect to find that Taking It From Behind is much fun. This sort of thing usually isn't, with too much being shoved in and a lack of firmness in pulling it out again. So, yes, I was expecting it to be hard to get through - but, to my surprise, I loved Taking It From Behind! It wasn't too long nor too short, nicely rounded and thoroughly enjoyable. And once it was done, I was thinking about of Taking It From Behind every time I sat down.

In summary, I would recommend that all of my friends try Taking It From Behind - I know they'll love it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Taking It from Behind 27 Oct 2009
By Robbo
Format:Hardcover
I love 'Taking It From Behind'! It is a well written and insightful book on a beautiful pastime!

I recommend 'Taking it From Behind' to anyone!?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable light read 25 Aug 2000
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Format:Hardcover
One of the beauties of reading this book, was the fact that whilst it recounts a much varied season detailing the highs and lows, there was also many vivid descriptions of incidents and experiences the author had encountered throughout his career. Therefore, it was almost like reading two books at once, the underlying story of the season coupled with Blakey's recollections of times gone by.
I found this book a very easy read and well presented.
The book's title may, of course, be attracting prospective readers who didn't quite realise it is about cricket.
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Using Yorkshire's ultimately frustrating 1999 campaign as a foundation, Richard Blakey, the longest serving player has produced an interesting and well written insight into life on the county circuit. The format of the book, co-written with the freelance sports journalist Andrew Collomosse, is a diary of the season; raw statistical summaries of each encounter are matched with Blakey's own verdict. Through the author's response, these matches are used as a stimulus for a much broader array of material, spanning the duration of the 'keeper's career and a much wider scope than merely his analysis of playing matters. Indeed, it is in this capacity for portraying the previously unrecorded activities of the dressing room and Yorkshire players from behind the scenes that the book really comes into its own. For example, the quest to discover the identity of the 'phantom sock snipper' of recent seasons is regularly mentioned, although the reader is left as frustrated as Blakey when the season is concluded without a definite culprit.
Through the 22 weeks and 39 games, Blakey is able to discuss many of the topical subjects surrounding professional cricket during his era. Of note are his viewpoint on the presence of sledging and a decline in gentlemanly conduct in the years that Blakey has spent on the circuit. Indeed, many readers would be upset, but somehow not totally surprised, to hear of the lack of camaraderie between the players on the circuit. Especially poignant would be Blakey's description of the occasions where opposition players have consciously ignored him in both hotel and street. Surely this situation is a bizarre offshoot of the recent infatuation with perceived Aussie gamesmanship.
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