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Young Wisden: A New Fan's Guide to Cricket [Hardcover]

Tim De Lisle
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1 Oct 2007
"Young Wisden" is the perfect introduction to one of the most enjoyable world sports - cricket. Packed with colour photographs and illustrations, this beautifully laid out book really brings the game to life. The author takes a wry look at every aspect of the game that a new fan could wish to know about, including: the basics - from how to read the scorecard to a crash course in the language; types of cricket - the sport in all its forms, from beach cricket to the five day test; batsmen, bowlers, fielders, keepers and thinkers - what it takes to be great in each position and plenty of info on the best there has been; the world of cricket - the test nations, the great grounds, and the fans on tour; and history, humour and numbers - the playing greats, the grudge matches, the records, and villains and tricksters. Written for children, there are sure to be plenty of adults taking a look over the shoulder at this wonderful introduction to cricket.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (1 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713687193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713687194
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 28.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Any boy or girl who is showing an interest in cricket and likes reading should be pushed in the direction of this book.' -- Simon Lister, Wisden Cricketer, November 2007

"If you're a cricket-mad parent and want to get your child as passionate about the game as you are, save yourself a lot of time and probably fruitless effort and instead let Tim de Lisle do the business for you. He and his book are much more likely to succeed." -- Tony Hodson, Sport, 12 October 2007

"This is the book the game has needed for far too long... Buy it for someone you want to infect." -- Rob Steen, Cricinfo.com, October 13, 2007

'A comprehensive introduction to cricket for young or new fans.'
-- Good Book Guide

'If you're a cricket-mad parent and want to get your child(boy or girl) as passionate about cricket as you are, save yourself a lot of time...and let Tim de Lisle do the business for you. He and his book are much more likely to suceed - trust us.' -- Sport (Main)

'Incomparable really, different planet stuff. It is comprehensive without being bewildering, colourful but not showy, confident but never esoteric. It is also superbly designed.' -- Wisden Cricketer

'This is the book the game has needed for far too long. It is also a priceless example of dumbing-up. Buy it for someone you want to infect.'
-- Cricinfo.com (October 2007)

'Time de Lisle's 'Young Wisden' is a cracking idea. A guide to cricket for kids - when they can wrestle is from their parents' grasp, that is. Stats, laws and dates are all in here, but so are celebrated sledges, roly-poly captains and wacky wicket keepers.' -- Time Out

About the Author

Tim de Lisle is a former editor of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack and Wisden Cricket Monthly, where he won an Editor of the Year award. He is now rock critic of The Mail on Sunday, a feature writer for The Guardian and a columnist for Cricinfo.com. He is married with two children, aged 8 and 12.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for young cricket fan! 6 Sep 2009
Format:Hardcover
We bought this book when our son, 6 was gripped by the Ashes, he has had hours of pleasure from it and shared all sorts of information with us and his sisters (8 and 3). There is a lot of reading in it and I think would be suitable up to around 10 years old. The new version will be high on his birthday list I think.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent present for a young cricket fan! 28 Nov 2011
Format:Paperback
This was a gift to our cricket mad 8 year old son. He has had hours of pleasure from it and it's helped me understand the world of cricket so that I'm not such a completely in the dark Mum and can enjoy a game of cricket with him now! It's without doubt his most favourite book in the world and he'd read it every night if I let him!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Young Wisden 28 Nov 2011
Format:Paperback
Excellent book for young cricketers/ cricket fans. Stats made fun. My son was bought this book as a birthdya present. It was so good that I purchased a copy for my nephew.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I got this for my son who is a cricket and stats fan. He already had the 2007 version and wanted an updated version. He read it in about 5 minutes but enjoyed the new features and updated statistics on matches that he had seen/heard (like the Ashes 2009 and 2010/11).
I would recommend this book for its readability, interesting layout and features, but it is very similar to the 2007 one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Present! 14 July 2011
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Bought for a 11 year old boy's birthday present who has recently got into cricket. Lots of action photos and hot tips. Good value for money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 7 Jun 2011
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My son - nearly 8 - loves this, really informative without being too childish yet not too hard for him to understand. Learnt a few things myself too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for young cricketers 13 April 2010
Format:Hardcover
This is an excellent publication for young cricket fans up to the age of 13. Colourful and full of facts, it easily absorbed my 10 years old relative for hours on end. I would recommend it as a suitable gift for youngsters who have an interest in the game, whether as players or spectators.
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5.0 out of 5 stars interesting book
I was looking for something for my Grandson who has started playing cricket. I thought this would encourage him as he is heavily into football. Read more
Published 13 months ago by gemmacat
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book for young cricket fans
Great information on the game and on players. A good book for fans aged 7/8 and upwards. Only drawback with current version it is 2011 so player info. will be heading out of date. Read more
Published 21 months ago by DR RUTH M SWEET
5.0 out of 5 stars Young Wisden: An New Fan's Guide to Cricket
We bought this for a 9 year old cricket enthusiast. He has the original version and this updated edition was an extremely succesful Christmas present. Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2011 by M. Seath
5.0 out of 5 stars Super!
I bought this for a seven year old boy for Christmas. He is sport mad and is very knowledgeable about cricket and loves reading facts! This was perfect for him! Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2011 by Sofi Rain
5.0 out of 5 stars great book at excellent price
Bought this for my 6 year old who loves cricket and who really enjoys reading and learning more about the game.
Published on 1 Sep 2010 by gaz
5.0 out of 5 stars A really excellent introduction to cricket
I bought this book for my 7-year-old son, although I admit I read it from cover to cover before he was allowed to get his hands on it! Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2010 by C. B. Hanley
5.0 out of 5 stars Yound wisden
Bought this book for my son a few years ago. he loves it. we have subsequently bought many more copies as gifts for his friends. Well worth the money for all young cricket fans.
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