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What is a Googly?: The Mysteries of Cricket Explained Paperback – May 1999


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Robson Books Ltd; New edition edition (May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 186105288X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861052889
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,202,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The ideal gift book for cricket lovers to bestow upon the uninitiated.' The Times; 'This marvellous little paperback has the best explanations I have ever come across.' Time Out --Time Out --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A new edition of What is a Googly? was published in May 1999. The new edition includes all of the recent developments in cricket. This book is for anyone who is curious to learn more about the game, and who has found themselves asking questions such as "why do they rub the ball on their trousers?"

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jan 2002
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I heard Jonathan Agnew give this book a rave review on Test Match Special last year, but took a while to get round to buying it. I'm very glad I did. This book is a classic - if like me you know a cricket widow or an American who is baffled by the game this is the perfect introduction. It's funny, gentle and informative at the same time. Absolutely worth every one of the five stars!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By pbullock@waitrose.com on 20 July 2001
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In the lunch interval at the first England-Australia Test of 2001, Christopher Martin-Jenkins was asked to suggest a number of books which could explain the rules and placings in the field. He replied "the best book I have ever read for this is 'What's a Googly?' I am ashamed to say I can't remember the author!" Blowers seconded!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Steve Phillips on 16 Feb 2006
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I am a newcomer to cricket and found myself getting occasionally bewildered at the television coverage so bought this book. Fantastic stuff, last time I read a book this many times it was Allen Carr's quit smoking book!
Can now hold a cricket conversation in the pub with strangers without feeling like a bluffer.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Googly on 8 Aug 2006
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I'm no 'Johnny Come Lately' and knew enough to enjoy the game but was sometimes perplexed by some of the phrases used by the cake-munching TMS crowd. This short, light-hearted book blew the cobwebs away and detailed almost everything one needs to know to appreciate the subtleties of cricket. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Jones on 26 Aug 2012
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'It does what it says on the tin'. Very readable and informative and it has made me laugh out loud several times. I'm a cricket fan but I would recommend it for unwilling spouses, mums or even dads.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pat on 9 Feb 2010
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Recommended this book by friend as I was starting to get interested in cricket. Even though it is now old and the examples of players, etc. are therefore not current, this book puts over the concepts really well and in a lighthearted fashion. Definitely worth having if you want to find out not just googlies but also about just why anyone would stand at silly mid off!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bren999 on 18 July 2010
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This book is a brilliant introduction to the *real* beautful game, cricket. Rob Eastway goes a long way towards debunking some of the myths surrounding the game (i.e.-the scoring system!).

I also bought this book because it was apparently recommended by Jonthan Agnew (of Test Match Special fame) as a good introductory book on cricket, i'm sold!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lotli on 15 April 2013
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I often re read this book, it is humorous and I am always finding something in it I missed. I now love the game of cricket which was a must when I got together with someone who is absolutely mad about cricket. I manage to impress sometimes too. But best of all, I can have an intelligent and playful conversation with him and his mates.
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