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4.0 out of 5 stars A cricket biography without the cucumber sandwiches, 26 April 2005
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Darren Simons (Middlesex, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Cricket... that fine game you either love or hate. If you hate it, you are probably not reading this review. If you love it, you may well remember Simon Hughes as a county cricketer (mostly at Middlesex) who has since become a TV commentator analysing batsmen and bowlers during a game.
Yakking Around the World is Hughes account of what it's like to be a county cricketer, what you can do in the English winter (ie. when there's no cricket to play at home) and basically how to get through the career. Rather than focussing too much on the cricket, Hughes describes all the places he has had the chance to play cricket and using his own calculation figures out which place is best... understandably this complex calculation is made up of what he thinks of the people, the cricket, the beaches, but most of all how often he got laid!
I found this book to be a great read, very entertaining, not too bogged down in cricket. This was the first book I read by the author but I will certainly be reading others. His style of writing is very relaxed, not at all in-your-face, and very readable. One of those books that you read on the train and you suddenly burst out laughing much to everyone's amusement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aussies will not be best pleased!, 20 Feb. 2002
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Hugh Jenkins (Perth, Australia (originally Wales)) - See all my reviews
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Fantastic
Another gem from Simon Hughes. It was great to see somebody willing to speak honestly about his time in other countries (and without political correctness). In particular, Australians should be very wary of reading this book as they come in for some well aimed observation of their character, and as the author himself points out, despite the many great things that country has to offer theyquickly take umbrage at any outsiders attempt to "Take the Mickey". I can speak with some authority on that subject.
Likewise, South Africans come in for a real serve, whilst Kiwis will be pleasantly surprised.
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5.0 out of 5 stars genuinely sharp and funny, 3 May 2001
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Clive Pacey (london) - See all my reviews
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Not too many books make me laugh out loud but Simon Hughes wonderful observations and sharp humour certainly succeeded. Australians and South africans should tread carefully. The author's opinions of them are pretty mixed to say the least, which is refreshing and probably in line with more observers than these over proud countries probably appreciate. But there is a lot more too it than that. Serious observations of the great game mixed with a woody allenesque love life and nuerosises and more than a few strange adventures contribute to a fantastic read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for sports fans!, 17 Jun. 2000
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I like cricket, but wouldn't consider myself a real fan, but this book is less about cricket, more about travel and life. Simon Hughes writes like Bill Bryson meeting Nick Hornby, he spent years living in Oz, India, South Africa anywhere he could play cricket and really gets under the skin of these places (his observations about New Zealand are painfully true.) And he writes about life, love, learning how to grow out of your dreams. He's so honest about how men can be so bad at relationships, or misunderstanding what women want and say, but he's never mean about his failed relationships. In fact women could probably learn alot about men from this book, the guys love of sports, their impossible dreams and inability to express themselves. A perfect Summer read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for readers of any age or either sex., 23 Sept. 2000
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This is a highly-entertaining, informative and well-written book which I just sat down and read from beginning to end. Whilst travelling to exotic, far-away places to play cricket may sound an enviable life-style for a young man, Simon brilliantly portrays the distinctly unglamorous aspects of this sporting life, as well as examining in some detail and with sometimes brutal honesty the travails of a young man yearning for female companionship. If I have a crticism, it is only that in trying to ensure that he doesn't paint himself as all-conquering macho-man, he is sometimes almost too self-effacing. Honest, entertaining and thoroughly worth buying. I ended up buying four copies for friends - the ideal present to lighten up Christmas !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent read from Simon Hughes, 13 Jan. 2001
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I thoroughly enjoyed 'A lot of hard yakka' and belived that Simon Hughes would find it difficult to better that book. He manages it however in 'Yakking around the world' Whether you are a cricket fan or not you will laugh out loud at Simon's exploits around the globe! What's next, 'Yakking around Sky Television? A very enjoyable read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average cricket book, 31 Aug. 2000
An excellent book with a vast number of stories to keep you interested. The way the author tells us about the best and worst things in a country is capitivating. He's not afraid to say what he thinks but above all it is very funny indeed. Even if you don't like Cricket you will still find this amusing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, 25 July 2000
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Christian Sturt (Guildford, England) - See all my reviews
A totally excellent book. Even if you hate cricket you can relate to the stories in this book. It gives an informative but funney guide to the major cricket playing nations. It will soon have you rating each country you visit (as well as woman you meet!) with Simons unique rating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for travellers and cricketers alike, 30 Jun. 2000
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This is a great read and really gets under the skin of the countries visited....Hughes' abject honesty on life, love and locals wherever he went truly hit the spot. In Hughes' inimitable style, this book is a 'DW'.
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