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Over done claptrap,
This review is from: Penguins Stopped Play: Eleven Village Cricketers Take on the World (Hardcover)
When will there be an end to this type of book? You know what I mean, the type that tells the tale of a group of plucky amateur cricketers/footballers/golfers who take on the world. Witness their "hilarious" adventures as they travel around Britain/Europe/the World in pursuit of their sporting goals, and laugh uproariously at the "characters" in the team and their comedy antics. This book is infuriatingly written with no sense of comic timing (not suprising given that the author was the "creator" of "Never mind the Buzzcocks") and at the beginning threatens to name-drop itself to death as the author's C-list celeb friends are listed. This book could be (and probably is, in parts) a work of fiction; just take a copy of Marcus Berkman's "Rain Men", a copy of Lonely Planet, and get started on your sporting-comedic-travelogue masterpiece. The point is that every sporting biography, especially cricket ones, have fallen into the same formula; ten years ago David Gower's autobiography had large sections on the characters of the game plus accounts of various high-jinks and sadly cricket writing has not moved on since then.
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Initial post: 5 Aug 2010 21:37:58 BDT
Allan S. Schoenherr says:
It must be amazing to be as superior as you are. And clearly you have no sense of humour nor any heart. I urge readers to ignore this pathetic review.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2014 23:23:12 GMT
Alf A says:
Did 'Greg' write this review?
Couldn't agree more with Allan S.. This is a petulant and unpleasant review from someone who makes the world poorer, of a book written by someone who made the world richer.
Ignore it. The books great.
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