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A Miraculous Draught of Fishes: History of St.Paul's School
A Miraculous Draught of Fishes: History of St.Paul's School
by A.H. Mead
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight into a hidden institution, 26 Oct 1999
Mead's account of the history of St. Paul's School should not be attractive at all, except perhaps to current and former inmates. His lucid style illuminates this (actually rather fascinating) subject, and it is a pleasure to be guided by a master who clearly loves the school at which he has taught for so many years.


A Lot of Hard Yakka: Triumph and Torment - A County Cricketer's Life
A Lot of Hard Yakka: Triumph and Torment - A County Cricketer's Life
by Simon Hughes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An articulate and humourous account of the game Hughes loves, 1 Oct 1999
Perhaps I'm biassed. After all, I'm a student who'd love to play for Middlesex (and, like Hughes, their training runs go past my back garden). The difference is that I'm no good at cricket. But Hughes never quite loses the sense of wonder at his own ability - or good fortune - that so many young cricketers would feel given the chance to play for their county. It's this love for the game that pervades the book. Add to that good humour and insider knowledge and you have a winning combination. If you are a county-cricket wannabe, or if you were twenty years ago, you simply must read this book. And if you wondered what it was like to play when England actually won things you should read it too. Hell, you should just read it anyway. You'll love it.


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