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Thanks, Johnners: An Affectionate Tribute to a Broadcasting Legend Hardcover – 14 Oct 2010

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Door; 1st edition (14 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007343086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007343089
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan Agnew (Aggers) was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire in 1960. Before entering the world of broadcasting, he had a successful first-class career as a fast bowler for Leicestershire and won three test caps for England. Since then, he has worked as a cricket journalist and has spent twenty years as a commentator for Radio Four's Test Match Special. He lives in Leicestershire with his family.

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‘A splendid book…Like TMS it is funny, fluid and conversational.’ THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

‘So good that I felt as if the radio had been surreptitiously switched on and I was, in fact, listening to Test Match Special…it is the easiest and most enjoyable of reads.’
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

About the Author

Jonathan Agnew (Aggers) was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire in 1960. Before entering the world of broadcasting, he had a successful first-class career as a fast bowler for Leicestershire and won three test caps for England. Since then, he has worked as a cricket journalist and has spent twenty years as a commentator for Radio Four's Test Match Special. He lives in Leicestershire with his family.


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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By M. Liddle on 12 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Ostensibly a book about the best-loved commentator on cricket of the 20th century, this book on Brian Johnston is so much more than that.

It provides a warm, witty set of recollections of behind the scenes on Test Match Special both during the time Brian Johnston and Jonathan Agnew spent together at the microphone, and afterwards too.

Like the best of the commentary from Test Match Special, this sparkles with humour, with cheeky stories and wind-ups, and is told in the warm, conversational style that listeners to TMS have become accustomed to from the BBC's cricket correspondent.

All in all - rather like the rain breaks on TMS - this offers Aggers the opportunity to let loose from the commentary and enjoy the freedom to reminisce as one story leads naturally on to another.

Perfect for everyone who's missing their fix of TMS until the Ashes!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Richard Cobourne on 24 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
`Couldn't put it down' is an over-used cliché. But Aggers' "Thanks Johnners" is the first book I have ever read in one sitting... I didn't put it down.

I accept that Johnners, Brian Johnston, is a hero of mine -- and of course a legend. Jonathan Agnew's book celebrates more than the life of the master of broadcasting, but cricket too. Cricket in its pure form. A game played by gentlemen, to a set of laws and an unwritten spirit that sadly appears to have been transgressed all too often in the past decade.

His defence of TMS, Test Match Special, is well made and balanced; one can only hope that the hierarchy at the BBC have the sense to understand Aggers' points well made.

Aggers superbly balances the life of Johnners with the enduring legacy that Brian Johnston laid down. You come away with a deep feeling of `cricket' -- not just cricket the game, but cricket the code that Johnners' lived by and more of us should adopt as our credo.

I admit a personal interest -- I worked with Johnners whilst as a sound engineer at the BBC (and many others mentioned in the book), a kinder, more generous person you could not hope to meet. My grandfather served with Brian Johnston in the Grenadier Guards, I dropped this into the conversation one day. Johnners immediately asked after him and even remembered the name of my grandmother despite it being decades since they had last met. That is Johnners.

This book is an absolutely 'must read' and not just for cricket lovers. I have just ordered ten as Christmas presents... maybe not a good idea as I suspect that turkeys will go uneaten and other presents unwrapped as collective noses get stuck-in, because they too could not put it down.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Megan Davies on 18 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
As you might expect of Jonathan Agnew, this book is a warm and entertaining read, giving a flavour of the way that BBC radio has covered cricket over the last 50 years or so, particularly from the viewpoint of the current BBC cricket correspondent.

While the anecdotes about Johnston (and Agnew) are amusing, what is more interesting are the occasional references which indicate the outside world in which BBC cricket coverage operated; for example, the public-school Old Boys network which gave someone like Brian Johnston his first BBC break, the influence of the South Africa boycott, or the introduction of commercial cricket coverage.

All in all a recommended read, even for those who are not necessarily huge cricket afficionados.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jon on 2 Nov. 2010
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An enormous number of books have been written about cricket over the years, some wonderful, some less so. This book sits happily in the former category. At a time when books by current and former players tumble from the bookshelves, it is rare to find one written by a former player that is so full of wit, insight and candour. But, of course, Jonathan Agnew is not just a former player but also the knowledgeable and engaging BBC Cricket Correspondent and presenter of Test Match Special.

Weaving anecdotes, reminiscences and musings about cricket issues around the central theme of the book, a tribute to the much loved former TMS presenter, Brian Johnston, works very well indeed. Few people could have written so knowledgeably about Johnners, with such a warm and entertaining style that is entirely in keeping with Johnners' own nature. The book that results is a pleasure to read, and I recommend it to anyone with any interest in cricket, and in understanding how it -- and indeed, how life -- should be played.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By anil khanna on 5 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
just finished this amazing book which i could not put down, it reminded me of when was at school and used to hear Johnners on the radio. the book is truly inspirational and should refresh anyone's love for the game of cricket played in its true spirit. the whole leg over story whilst youu know it's coming and you know it's the classic cricket commentary moment, it still cracks me up. im sure a lot of people took aggers advice and listened to it again and what makes it even funnier for me is the complete fun and enjoyment that both aggers and Johnners have are having whilst supposedly commentating. The book was a pure joy to read and had me smiling all the way through, even the sad parts are all written with love and affection. let's hope it inspires some of the english team down under now before the ashes!
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