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The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruption and the Turbulent Rise of Modern India (Wisden Sports Writing)
The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruption and the Turbulent Rise of Modern India (Wisden Sports Writing)
by James Astill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars sporting, political and social history, 9 July 2014
This is so well written, combining meticulous journalism with colour and insight and entertaining prose. If you love (or are intrigued by) cricket or India - or both - it is a mine of information leading you through history to the present day. It's packed with facts and anecdotes with the threads drawn together so neatly that you can treat it either as a work of reference and record or as an honest appraisal of cricket's evolution for better or worse - and it succeeds on both counts.


Squeezing the Orange
Squeezing the Orange
Price: £3.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars you can hear his voice as you read, 6 Mar. 2014
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If you enjoy Henry Blofeld on TMS you will love this book. The tale of his upbringing and his professional career in broadcasting and journalism is quite fantastical at times, but always sincere. I read this book while on holiday and by the end of it felt a little bit as if Henry had been sat on the sunbed next to me. I don't go along with his world view, but if you like Blowers, you'll enjoy this book.


The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruption and the Turbulent Rise of Modern India (Wisden Sports Writing)
The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruption and the Turbulent Rise of Modern India (Wisden Sports Writing)
by James Astill
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a lovely cricket book, 20 Nov. 2013
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For reasons I will never know, cricket lends itself to great writing. This book is fabulous... its description of the development of cricket in India makes me laugh, wince and cry. It is so good I am not going to read the final chapters until I am somewhere very special, be it Calcutta, Lahore, Durban or a village green in Middlesex. The story is compelling and the writing is brilliant.


Family Tree [DVD] [2013]
Family Tree [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Chris O'Dowd
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Price: £4.95

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you may have missed it, 20 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Family Tree [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
In the UK, these 8 episodes slipped through on BBC2. It's intelligently funny.... and Nina Conti and Monkey steal a series where all the other actors are just superb. If you don't appreciate it, I'm minded to think I wouldn't like you.


The Essential Wisden: An Anthology of 150 Years of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
The Essential Wisden: An Anthology of 150 Years of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
by John Stern
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £50.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a rich source of cricket history, 20 Nov. 2013
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If you like cricket, and reading about it, you won't dislike this book. It is brilliantly put together and uses original Wisden text to describe 150yrs of the game. I'm not an anorak, but I recommend it because it says what cricket lovers actually love about the game. It is just very good.


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