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The Sledger's Handbook: How to Deliver the Perfect Cricketing Insult [Hardcover]

Liam McCann
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2 Nov 2006
Sledging is the art of verbally intimidating a batsman so that he loses his concentration and gets himself out. It is also known as the art of initiating mental disintegration. The fielding side may use a variety of tactics to do this, including: the witty welcome, where the fielders try to upset the incoming batsman immediately; the chirp, where a fielder, usually the wicketkeeper, tries to engage the batsman in a battle of wits to divert his attention from the game; the behind the back shout, where any one of the fielders may loudly suggest a new tactic to remove the batsman; the unexpected question, which may be so shocking and have nothing at all to do with cricket that the batsman loses concentration; the observation, which usually relates to the batsman's technique; the aggressive rant, where the bowler deliberately appears to get wound up; the sarcastic dig, where the bowler taunts the batsman; and the send off, where, having got out, the batsman is sent on his way with a volley of abuse ringing in his ears. The word itself appears to derive from the observation that New South Wales cricketer Grahame Corling was as subtle as a sledgehammer having offended his host at a party. This book tells you all about it!

Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Facts, Figures and Fun, an imprint of AAPPL Artists' and Photographers' Press Ltd (2 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904332641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904332640
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 18.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 375,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Liam was born in Guildford, England, in 1973 and has a BA in Sports Physiology & Psychology. He was Sussex county champion in three of the athletics field events and swam to a national standard. He formed Shooter in 1996, a rock band that toured Europe for four years, and The Legend of Dan McCann, an acoustic combo, in 2009.

Liam started writing novels and sports books in 2003, and he has also edited / proofread more than 40 titles, including the Discarded Science series for John Grant. He also works as a freelance editor / copywriter / proofreader for The Daily Telegraph and UK International Press, and as an occasional cricket pundit for Sky Sports.

Published Books (By Facts, Figures & Fun, an imprint of Artists' and Photographers' Press Ltd - AAPPL):

The Olympics Facts, Figures & Fun (2004)
Rugby Facts, Figures & Fun (2006)
The Sledger's Handbook: How to Deliver the Perfect Cricketing Insult (2006) - reprinted four times
Cricket Facts, Figures & Fun (2007)
Born to Dribble (2007)
London's Bridges (2008) - Ghost-written for Ian Pay
The Revised & Expanded Sledger's Handbook (2012)

The Battle of Boxhill (2012): This is a 50,000-word older children's adventure story, whose central characters are birds. The book has been optioned by Bulat Galimgereyev, producer of the Oscar-nominated film Mongol (2008), and Kevin Foo, founder of Mount Helix Films Inc, who intend to adapt the story for a feature-length animation. Liam is already planning a sequel.

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Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect stocking filler! 2 Dec 2006
This is a cracking good read. I thought I knew most of the famous sledges but there are so many more in here. With England locking horns with Australia at the moment it's the perfect time to give those dastardly Aussies some verbal! Would be a great Christmas gift for any fan of the game, and those who just like general abuse!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never more perfect timing! 3 Aug 2007
By Seamus
The recent Test series between England and India has really
highlighted sledging's impact on the game. Some of the England players
reportedly ribbed one of the Indians over his weight (and his team's
propensity to get extra shine on the ball using the old jellybean-infused-saliva trick!) and the series became all the more interesting as a result.
Then you have the crowd throwing the sweets onto the outfield to stir
the pot, so even the fans get a go! This book serves a timely reminder that it's never just about the cricket. Enjoy the best sledges and their counters from the game's history, but do watch out for the occasional four letter word - it can get a bit fruity! Richly entertaining.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful 13 Dec 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A stunningly awful book written by a man with no feel for the game. There is nothing between the covers that you haven't heard/read before. Save your money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 11 Mar 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Good, very happy with my purchase, very funny book and I can't wait until cricket season now to test some out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sledgers handbook 24 Nov 2013
Bought as a present for my son for Christmas, who plays and loves cricket. It looks a great book and full of cricket info which he will really enjoy. Very good price, arrived very quickly and well packaged.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ten out of ten! 25 Aug 2011
This is the perfect pressie for all you cricket bonkers fans. England have just thrashed India and are number one in the world so there's no better time to give everyone else some much deserved abuse. Bring on!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bring on a summer of sledging! 17 Jun 2011
The subtle art of initiating mental disintegration has taken a backseat since the Ashes tour last winter but it's now time to revive the practice to see off the Sri Lankans and then the Indians over this (hopefully) glorious summer. Keep an eye out for the upcoming e-book and a revised edition that promise to deliver even more (un)sporting insults. Inifinitely better than 'Why are you so fat?' (Watch the language in front of the youngsters though...)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 9 Mar 2011
I bought this book during the Ashes when we were all gripped by 'Cricket Fever' and I certainly have not tired of it. I've really enjoyed it, it's laugh out loud and jam packed with great one-liners. I have seen other sledging books but this is by far the best. Well written, informative and fun. Buy it now
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