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Once I got beyond the first 100 pages, I really enjoyed this,
This review is from: And God Created Cricket (Hardcover)Simon Hughes' selected highlights of cricket's history, from about 1300 till the start of 2009. It's a good effort, apparently well researched and with lots of nuggets of historical factoid that were new to me, at least.
My major grumble is that the first 100 pages or so are marred by annoying attempts at "trying to be funny", often in a way that's just plain puerile. Take this example from page 82.
"Three weeks into [the 20th C.] Queen Victoria died (probably of boredom from reading Ranji's book), the whole nation was in mourning after her 63 years sitting on the throne (she must have had terrible constipation), and a BBC newscaster announcing her passing was vilified for not changing his paisley tie for a black one"
Once we get past, say, 1950 the rubbish mostly disappears. Instead we get first or second hand witness accounts and anecdotes from a writer who has actually lived through the scenes he's describing. Much, much better.