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The Bluffer's Guide to Cricket (Bluffers Guides) Paperback – 1 Apr 1999


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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Oval Books; New edition edition (1 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902825497
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902825496
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 655,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Facts, jargon and instant expertise on cricket.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By loucraig@hotmail.com on 24 April 2001
Format: Paperback
I bought this book to genuinely bluff my way into my, now, fiances conversations as he talked of little else with his friends. I was surprised that reading about cricket was so enjoyable but the author made the subject very humorous. This is a great gift for cricket widows (as we're called) for an introduction to cricket but also for its players and lovers for its funny take on the game.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 23 July 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoy these Bluffer's Guides. I had the good fortune to be sent a few for review by the publisher: they are pocket-sized and only around 100 pages long and I have found them all amusing, informative and very enjoyable. They are, in fact, a bluff in themselves because although they purport to be a guide for those who simply want to bluff their way, they use this as a cover for providing lots of very sound fact, written by people who really know and love their subject while being very witty about it and often scathing about the pretence which surrounds it.

This Guide to Cricket is an up-to-date (in 2013) view of the game, with some basics about what terms mean, the Laws (a successful bluffer must never refer to "the rules", of course), the history, some characters and the modern game in general. It offers some funny and penetrating insights into all sorts of things including, as a random sample, village cricket, the KP/Strauss "incident", Twenty20 and a very funny summary of the important characteristics of various national teams. As a life-long cricket follower, I found it very funny and in places genuinely informative about some of the dustier corners of the game (ideal for a bluffer, of course).

The book acknowledges that a true novice would need actually to attend a match or two and listen to a bit of TMS before they could bluff their way convincingly even after reading this book - but then the book is all a bluff anyway and, although a novice would learn a good deal, it is really aimed at cricket fans who want an amusing, informative read by a fellow lover of the game. They'll get it. I enjoyed it hugely and sometimes laughed out loud. Warmly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 23 July 2013
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoy these Bluffer's Guides. I had the good fortune to be sent a few for review by the publisher: they are pocket-sized and only around 100 pages long and I have found them all amusing, informative and very enjoyable. They are, in fact, a bluff in themselves because although they purport to be a guide for those who simply want to bluff their way, they use this as a cover for providing lots of very sound fact, written by people who really know and love their subject while being very witty about it and often scathing about the pretence which surrounds it.

This Guide to Cricket is an up-to-date (in 2013) view of the game, with some basics about what terms mean, the Laws (a successful bluffer must never refer to "the rules", of course), the history, some characters and the modern game in general. It offers some funny and penetrating insights into all sorts of things including, as a random sample, village cricket, the KP/Strauss "incident", Twenty20 and a very funny summary of the important characteristics of various national teams. As a life-long cricket follower, I found it very funny and in places genuinely informative about some of the dustier corners of the game (ideal for a bluffer, of course).

The book acknowledges that a true novice would need actually to attend a match or two and listen to a bit of TMS before they could bluff their way convincingly even after reading this book - but then the book is all a bluff anyway and, although a novice would learn a good deal, it is really aimed at cricket fans who want an amusing, informative read by a fellow lover of the game. They'll get it. I enjoyed it hugely and sometimes laughed out loud. Warmly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bob on 14 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
concise, entertaining/humorous and as a cheap way to have some vaguely useful cricket knowledge to hand it was well worth the purchase.
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By Jon Chambers TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 May 2013
Format: Paperback
There are not, perhaps, all that many things about English culture that would be sorely missed if living abroad in permanent exile. Country pubs, Earl Grey tea, toll-free motorways, perhaps. But cricket, and cricket commentary, definitely. If you're the kind of person who prefers Test Match Special's convivial and humorous take on things to live, but bland, TV coverage of the sport, this is probably the book for you.

Things start auspiciously, with a quotation from GBS (and if you don't know who he is, you'll have to wait for the Bluffer's Guide to Literature). 'It has been said', he writes, 'that the English, not being by nature a religious people, invented cricket to give them some idea of eternity.' And the carefree, witty, anecdote-filled prose carries on from there. Here's an example of what I mean: 'Jonathan (Aggers) Agnew played for Leicestershire and, all too briefly, for England ... Geoff Boycott played for Yorkshire and England, forever ... and ever.' And of New Zealand's qualities as a cricket nation: 'Opponents aren't dismissed, they succumb to boredom.'

There is only one fly in the ointment for this guide, and that concerns the fortunes of the English team. As it astutely observes, interest in cricket fluctuates according to perceptions of the national team's cricketing prowess. Rated number one in the world rankings as recently as 2011, England are beginning to show signs of weakness: humiliated by Pakistan's spinners, and even embarrassed by the Kiwis last winter. This summer's Ashes series will do much to decide the fortunes of our national game. Success against the Aussies may continue to send cricket on its upward trajectory, in which case ignorance of cricket, its rules, personnel and history, will once again become a social handicap.
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