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JOYLESS AND JUVENILE
on 6 December 2011
What do you want from a cricket book, especially a book about one of the greatest ever tours down under? If the answer to that question is an insider's guide to the ups and downs of the series, combined with relevant player interviews and honest observations, well written by the author, then this book is not for you. And to be honest, it wasn't for me either. It starts well, you soon start to identify with the author as he struggles to obtain accreditation for the five match series starting at the unfriendly Gabba in Brisbane and his frustrations at the ridiculous regulations can be easily empathised with. However, as the book progressed, for me, it became less and less amusing to read the sarcastic destruction of the Australian and in some cases the English team. The book soon degenerates into a `how clever can I be at witty, caustic writing?' A self indulgent spew of text. I found myself skipping pages in an attempt to get to the meat of the book. Sadly, there was none to be had and although the author managed to give his Australians a good literary kicking, I was looking for a more intelligent offering than this. Kindle? Delete!