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I'm no gambler - my personality is way too addictive - but I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. Really enlightening on a world I knew little or nothing about.
This book could be split into two parts - firstly, an adventure in Australia, following the Ashes. There is not so much technical cricket writing so as to alienate a non-cricketing reader, and Hawkins also happens to write a very engaging travelogue.
The second half contains more travel, but comprises a nicely considered essay on gambling itself, and also proves a very good read. The testimony of Tommy at the end is most sobering and gives a lovely balance.
More please Mr Hawkins, and I hope you got over your mystery illness.