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on 24 May 2012
This book proves once and for all that Tuffers is a national treasure. In his inimitable style, Tuffers recalls his many antics from his years as a player, as well as reflections on the modern game, including the 'special' deliveries he wishes he'd had up his sleeve back in the day... There's even insight into his subsequent career as a presenter, all textbook Tuffers. I loved the 'Tuffersauraus', featuring choice words and phrases from Tuffers' distinctive brand of commentary.

The beauty of this book is that even people who only like cricket a little, love Tuffers a lot. A winner.
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on 24 May 2012
I finished the book this afternoon and had to post a review. It was brilliant! Phil's stories are classics, I've learnt so much about what goes on in the dressing room before, during and after a match that I'll never look on a match in the same way.

Fans of cricket and fans of the man himself will love the book.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 7 June 2012
Tuffers' Cricket Tales is a very enjoyable read which you can dip in and out of. It isn't a biography (that already exists) and it isn't in chronological order. But its split into easy paragraphs and chapters with a tale or related section (top 11 spinners for example).

The book is split into three sections. The first being Phil's test match career and cricketing experience. The second section covers Phil's TV career and his life as a celebrity and finally the last section covers his Test Match Special career and thoughts on the modern game. I found the first section the best (being a huge cricket fan). There were lots of stories of life at Middlesex and playing for England. Lots of stories of the team and Phil's antics. Not all stories directly involve Phil. But they are funny (not laugh out loud funny often though) and give an insight into the England team and the characters. The second section is a bit of a lighter section on life after Help I'm A Celebrity and other TV appearances. Not too much detail here but some anecdotes and insights. The TMS section makes for good reading and the part which analyses quite why England are successful now and weren't when Phil was playing make for interesting reading.

Phil never really hits the belly laughing moments I thought he would with this book but its amusing and such an easy joyful read its hard not to love it. I did get confused as it dips all over his career and this lack of chronology sent me heading for Wiki or other sources to get a bit more info. For that reason I think its only four stars and not five for me. Its a great book, although non cricket lovers may not enjoy it as much as it can be quite cricket centred and cricket lovers may not enjoy the section on his TV career as much as the rest.I would recommend it for fans of the game and urge a little caution for those a fan of the man on TV.
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on 24 June 2012
Phil Tufnell is well on the way to becoming a British institution and this book will certainly help him on his way to that designation. The book contains a seemingly never-ending stream of stories, many of which are worth savouring, from his days as a County and Test match cricketer, his spell on TMS and others from his broader media adventures and experience.

Perhaps he has spread himself a bit thin but there is something in here for everyone although the title is a little bit misleading given how wide he ranges in his story matter.

I think he has got away with it this time and provided his readers with much amusement and insight but he will need to come up with a new format if he is to justify another book.
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on 24 May 2012
This book is an absolute hoot. There's a funny story on pretty much every single page, and the warmth of Tuffers' heart - and the astuteness of his cricketing brain - shine through. An absolute must for all cricket fans, and a brilliant pressie for Father's Day.
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on 25 June 2013
I have read some Tuffers before and found this less amusing than previous books, simply due to familiarity. If its your first encounter with him and like cricketing anecdotes, then this is a worthwhile way to spend a few quid and get a chuckle or two. You will hear a few shameful stories as to how professional sportsmen behaved in days gone by. Today these incidents would be all over the social media and whipped into the celebrity scandals we see today. Instead of the bored, bantering boys that they were.

What I find interesting about Tuffers is the way he reinvents himself. Who would have thought that a once pony tailed, early school leaving angry teenager would be seen so often on TV these days? In non-sporting roles too. One has to credit the man with drive and endurance. At his own pace of course.
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on 29 September 2013
Not afraid to tell it as it is, Tuffers takes a journey through the pre-Central Contract era (ie. when England were terrible) and offers up some brilliant anecdotes and insight along the way.
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on 16 August 2012
I'd intended to read a few pages each night after putting kids to bed, but picked up Tuffers book one Sunday evening and by the following night I'd read the whole book. Had to put it down a few times as I was laughing so hard I cried. I think cricketers may relate to the stories involving team mates more, but it's still a very enjoyable read for anyone who may know anything at all about the great man himself. Wish I could go for a few jars with Tuffers, it'd be one of them nights you'd never forget. Yes, you know the ones I mean ...
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on 31 January 2013
Reading this you can hear Tuffers telling his life story as if having a bit of a chat on TMS to Aggers or the late CMJ.

There is a fair bit about his life after cricket so those who know him from Strictly or more recent TV will also enjoy his thoughts on life as a 'celeb'.

Highly entertaining and only loses out on 5 stars because the end came way too fast !

Give us another one Phil ....
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on 17 August 2012
I have just finished Tuffers Tales and feel compelled to write a review as it is one of the only books I can recall where I laughed out loud. The people of Dittisham didn't know what hit them as I sat outside the FBI with a pint in hand snorting, giggling and laughing. Others have accurately described the book and I won't repeat their words, suffice tio say it's funny. Well done @philtufnell
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