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5.0 out of 5 stars this is again Genius, 22 Dec 2009
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This review is from: Ashes 2009: When Freddie Became Jesus (Paperback)
In his previous book, 2008, A Disrespective Jarrod basically used his blog posts to highlight the year in cricket. This book is different, this book is written by Jarrod especially about the Ashes, using some of his blogs, but mainly it is an exemplary description from a fan's view about the third greatest ashes series in the 2000's, because seriously this was a series between two average sides, neither of which were anywhere near as good as 2006, let alone 2005.

Laugh as Mitchell's Mum makes him Cry, weep as England decide that they're going to collapse in a little heap at headingly and get walked all over, snigger as Watson actually opens a test match innings, worship as Fred decides he's the Mesiah at Lords, and shake you head in wonder at how the Aussies could have been so stupid as to leave out Hauritz at the Oval

You'll read more thoughtful, painstaking books on this series, but you'll not read a better description of what actually happend as seen by a fan, who when it comes down to it, knows how to write a very very very funny and interesting book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ashes 2009: When Freddie Became Jesus, 27 Dec 2009
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Ignore the title; this is not a book about Andrew Flintoff, or Jesus. Although the great Lancastrian features strongly and Jrod gets biblical with his language, this book is about the Ashes first and Jarrod Kimber second. The biggest sporting event of the year and how Jrod fit into it : working as a cricket writer for the first time, being an Aussie in London and preparing to get married.

`When Freddie Became Jesus' is an entertaining yet perverted romp through this year's Ashes action. It's amusing, well structured and really takes you back to watching the action unfold. It is also written for the common man. You aren't being talked down to by a stuffed-shirted egg-and-bacon type, you get the passionate but fair thoughts, observations and commentary of the guy next to you in the pub - provided you're sitting in a pub in South London, and there is a scruffy looking Aussie with you, and he's called Jarrod, and he is working on Cricket With Balls).

I once said that there was only one Australian whose opinion on cricket I respected - Richie Benaud. There are now two. `When Freddie Became Jesus' now sits proudly on my bookshelf, between `The Art of Captaincy' and `A Lot of Hard Yakka'. It's better than both.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ashes..with balls! A great read., 15 May 2010
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Craig Pitman "ceejaypee" (East Sussex) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ashes 2009: When Freddie Became Jesus (Paperback)
I've read many books on The Ashes and Cricket in general. Most of the books I've read are either from the ex-playing journalist cognoscenti, or from the players involved, usually through a ghost writer. This book comes from a new angle completely and brings much to the table as a result.

Jarrod is an inveterate cricket blogger and Australian cricket fan now based in the UK, who manages to write insightful, well-informed and sometimes downright hilarious pieces about the cricket played during last years' series. He is frequently coarse but always funny. The book covers events on the field well, but some of the finest writing is reserved for his encounters with members of the cricketing or broadcasting elite, during his time at the grounds in each test.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well played Jrod.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Look, bloody ace - mate., 29 Mar 2010
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Funnier than you.
Passionate and surprisingly fair.
A great read about a great series that wasn't played by great cricketers.
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