T. G. Lee

Helpful votes received on reviews: 95% (58 of 61)
Location: Hampshire, England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 323,763 - Total Helpful Votes: 58 of 61
A Social History of English Cricket (Sports Classi&hellip by Derek Birley
I have to admit that in the early stages of reading this book, I thought it was a bit heavyweight and stodgy and I didn't get into as quickly as many other reads. However, I am delighted that I stuck with it as it is a truly excellent and well-researched tome. The migration of cricket from its amateur roots, through the periods of mock amateurism, gents and players and into the professional era is well documented here - numerous insights, many of them with a subtly dry sense of humour overlaid on top of them, document the development of the game to what was current at the time that the book was written (1999).

The key word in the book's title is "social". This is not a history… Read more
Fatty Batter: How cricket saved my life (then ruin&hellip by Michael Simkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply outstanding, 17 July 2013
Why 5 stars? Because I'm not allowed to give 6! This has been one of my best reads in years. A small amount of it may be lost on people not familiar with the trials and tribulations of arranging cricket matches for a disparate group of people, but if you have ever done this and/or captained a village team, then you will howl with laughter at it. There are so many incidents that you will be able to relate to and possibly change names to equate to your experiences, but they are written in a truly superb way.

In all fairness, I didn't start laughing until the second sentence of the foreword, but after that it was pretty consistent. One thing that I did wrong with this book… Read more
When Rugby Was Rugby: The Story of Home Nations Ru&hellip by Neil Palmer
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
First of all, let's make it clear - this *could* have been a good book. There are quite a few good photographs and the overall structure and layout is certainly without fault. But...

...incorrect dates on some of the captions;
...incorrect location on at least one;
...incorrect descriptions in a number of areas of text;
...written from a very Welsh viewpoint rather than being neutral;
...too little Scottish coverage;
...too little Irish coverage.

My overall impression was of a book that hadn't been properly proof-read and checked against historical facts. Once I got half way through the book, I found myself looking for more errors rather… Read more