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W.G. Grace Ate My Pedalo: A Curious Cricket Compendium [Hardcover]

Alan Tyers , Beach
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Book Description

1 Oct 2010
Freddie Flintoff and W.G. Grace: Together at last! W.G. Grace Ate My Pedalo is a spoof 1896 periodical from The Wisden Cricketer archives that looks at cricketing events of 2010 through a Victorian lens. Funny, irreverent and lavishly illustrated, the book draws inspiration from the exuberant sporting papers of the Victorian era to lampoon England cricketers new and old. From Queen Victoria s views on women s cricket to Freddie Flintoff s heroic defiance of the Temperance Movement, no figure historical or contemporary is safe. A comedy cricket book of wit, intelligence and cheek that will appeal to cricket fans of all ages, be they members of the MCC or the Barmy Army.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: John Wisden & Co Ltd (1 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408130424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408130421
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 18.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 387,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'One of the wittiest and most original sporting books of this or any other year' --Cricinfo

'A welcome and wacky addition to any cricket-lover s library' --Daily Mail Online

'Just What The Good Doctor Ordered' --Sport Magazine

About the Author

Alan Tyers has a monthly column in The Wisden Cricketer magazine and writes weekly spoof diaries on Beach is an illustrator and cartoonist who also regularly contributes to The Wisden Cricketer.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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My dad loves cricket. I don't really know too much about it (it seems a little boring sometimes. And why does no one win after 5 days of playing?). BUT I got him this for a birthday present and it's made him laugh out loud so many times. I've looked through it to see what the fuss is about and even to this non-cricket fan, there are some REALLY hilarious cartoons, drawings and jokes/stories of Victorian people and inventions. I especially liked the one about Queen Victoria's views on women's cricket and the Agony Aunt column. It's definitely the perfect gift for the casual or serious cricket lover. Or, for someone who loves graphics (particularly from that time period). OR, for someone who just likes funny jokes, funny stories and awesome drawings! It's definitely a very one-of-a-kind book and I'm really glad I got it for my dad (it's become a gift for two essentially!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 28 Sep 2010
There's a lot of good writing about cricket, but much of it is rather reverential. Tyers and Beach's book is a welcome corrective. It's very funny, full of original gags and satire, and the cartoons are brilliant.

If you're a follower of the greatest game I heartily recommend it, or it would make an excellent christmas stocking filler for the "cricket tragic" in your life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alan Satyers to the rescue... 26 Dec 2010
Hugely amusing and beautifully crafted throughout. The book seamlessly and hilariously casts the modern day game and its players against the backdrop of the social and cultural mores of Victorian England. Not sure I understand the criticism below that the humour repeats itself, sure there's some in-jokes i.e. Aussie baiting, but there's tons of deft and subtle comedic flourishes throughout. The piece on cricket commentary towards the back of the book is sublime buffonery of the highest order.

Complaints about price are odd too, not sure how much more attention to detail and wonderful illustration folk are expecting for the knock down price of six quid.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cricket + big beards = very funny 24 Sep 2010
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Just when you thought Ronnie Irani's autobiography would be the year's funniest cricket book (the concept, not the content obviously), comes a spoof Victorian cricket annual of news reports, adverts, features and coaching. Perfect for sitting on the toilet and reading in bits or sitting on the train and reading from cover to cover, the illustrations by Beach offer brilliant visual gags to match Alan Tyers' one-liners joke for joke. It's very funny, and that's all that counts really.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Bearded Wonder 13 Oct 2010
What a fantastic, original thing this book is. Witty, artful and with bags of affection for the true beautiful game. This is a great book for all ages and would make any cricket lover a much appreciated Christmas gift.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Witty, Sharp, Fun 5 Feb 2011
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Occasionally gently scurrilous, this is very well observed, spoofing the Victorian writing style and attitudes while writing about contemporary (and imaginary) cricketing events. A great source of chuckles, dipped into when play is rained off or it's the middle of a miserable cricketless winter.
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