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Why Are You So Fat?: The TalkSPORT Book of Cricket's Best Ever Sledges [Hardcover]

talkSPORT , Gershon Portnoi
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1 Nov 2010 Talksport
When hefty Zimbabwean chicken farmer Eddo Brandes kept on playing and missing to an increasingly frustrated Glenn McGrath, the Australian had had enough and decided a bit of verbals were called for: 'Oi, Brandes, why the hell are you so fat?' Quick as a flash, the answer came back: 'Because every time I shag your missus, she gives me a biscuit.' Few games have such a rich history of sledging as cricket, with the Australians famed masters of the art. This collection, featuring contributions from talkSPORT's own Darren Gough and Ronnie Irani as well as many other cricket stars, brings together the best examples from around the world. To be effective, sometimes the sledge can be funny, as when Andrew Flintoff urged Tino Best, who was struggling to lay a bat on the ball, to 'mind the windows' at Lord's. Best immediately charged down the pitch to attack Ashley Giles' next ball and was stumped. But sometimes an element of real menace can do the trick, as when Malcolm Marshall commented to a struggling David Boon: 'Now are you going to get out or am I going to have to bowl round the wicket and kill you?'

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (1 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857200925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857200921
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Some of the funniest and most original examples of sledging ever published. The perfect Christmas gift for any cricket fan' --Cricket World

`A collection of the best sledges ever uttered on a cricket pitch . . . Boom, and indeed, boom' --Sport Magazine

`A bumper compendium of classic cricketing insults . . .' --Shortlist

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Poor Second to 'The Sledger's Handbook' 31 Dec 2010
Format:Hardcover
Having read both this and The Sledger's Handbook I was struck by how few sledges there were in this title. It's all padding with barely twenty quotes (and if you're a cricket fan you've heard most of them before). Save your money and wait for the Updated Sledger's Handbook early in 2011.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Close but no cigar 3 Dec 2010
By M. Sear
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Fun book. Good price etc. but a lot of this material is re-hashed. As such - for 2 on Kindle its a bargain. For 4 its OK as a "real" book. But anything over this dont bother.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LMAO 19 Feb 2011
By Chunk
Format:Hardcover
This book was a very funny light read. Lots of of short snappy stories - just like half of the ole lads about my cricket club tell them!!! Read this book in 3 days - couldn't put it down and just wanted to burst out laughing on the train, in the office - anywhere I was reading it. Defo a recommended purchase for any cricket enthusiast or smart ass alike! A must if you are both!!!!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Money for old rope 5 Dec 2010
By ratman
Format:Hardcover
The excitement of reading about the finest and funniest sledges in cricket was short lived. What should have been a fun read was deflated by the padding around the respective one-liners. Even though the material has done the rounds, in the hands of a better scribe this book could have been so much funnier. The author suggests he has another book on the topic, please no.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun and Informative for any Cricket Fan 14 Jan 2011
By EPW1993
Format:Hardcover
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and can't understand the fuss about the 'padding' around the quotes in previous reviews. If I wanted to read a list of quotes I'd search on the internet. If you want some context and explanation as well as the great sledges, as I do, then this book is ideal. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars if you like cricket 15 Mar 2014
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if like me you like cricket this is a very good read and laugh out loud funny in several places
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 15 Mar 2014
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Very funny book and a great gift for any cricket lover. can highly recommend, bought along with a selection of other cricket books and this was one of the funniest
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3.0 out of 5 stars Funny in Parts 9 Jan 2014
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After the current events in Australia this book does not quite match up to the real nature of sledging and its impact on the game. Some of the humour is weak, but there are the occasional jewels. Needed a a bit more courage to quote some of the tastier examples on hand.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
bought as a gift
Published 5 days ago by JoJo
3.0 out of 5 stars Slaedges.
It's ok but not quite as funny as I thought it would be but someone else may find it hilarious. All down to personal taste I think.
Published 8 months ago by Valerie Christie
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining
It's a good read and an ideal book to carry about for a few quiet moments. It'll keep you chuckling from time to time
Published 8 months ago by RichyB
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
With fathers days in mind i thought it would be a great present witht he ashes starting in a few weeks time. I wasn't let down by the book it was a hit. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mark Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY READ
One of the funniest reads about cricket . Some really funny sledges from the best cricketers in the world .
Published 17 months ago by H. A. Bowden
5.0 out of 5 stars good Christmas present
My son really liked this sledging Christmas book,it was read before the end of Boxing Day.I will buy other books by this author.
Published 18 months ago by Carol Ann Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Great pressie
This book arrived quickly. Bought as a present for my grandad as he loves his cricket. Made him laugh out loud.
Published 18 months ago by L. Talbot
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny book
Bought as a secret santa present for work, great for the price even though I'm sure it was put on a shelf never to be read again outside our Christmas lunch.
Published 20 months ago by acw1989
5.0 out of 5 stars why r u so fat?
very simple, if you like cricket this is a MUST buy, very funny and a quality read, it'll have you in stiches
mr sayers(brighton)
Published on 29 Nov 2011 by pistol08
5.0 out of 5 stars Fanastic stocking filler
This was bought as a little extra for a cricket fan that likes a bit of witty banter.... and this did not disappoint. Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2011 by H. Burnett
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