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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect, 28 Oct. 2005
By A Customer
This review is from: Is It Cowardly To Pray For Rain?: The Ashes Online Chronicle: The Online Ashes Chronicle of a Nation's Office-Bound Nervousness (Guardian) (Paperback)
The Guardian are getting in on the Ashes bandwagon, but in a unique and worthwhile way.
The book will be appreciated by Over-By-Over fan's. Do note though, this is a straight cut-and-paste job from the archive so there is nothing new, and the typo's remain. But its still a great laugh, and will appeal to the cult following for the Guardian's (often mimicked, rarely bettered) commentary.
If you missed the Guardian's OBO, but got hooked on the Ashes, you should also buy this book. The OBO format involves a written summary of what happened in each over (think humourous pub/armchair version of events rather than Boycott or Atherton) mixed with input from members of the public who have e-mailed the journalists with facts, questions, current worries. You can therefore relive the whole summer whilst giggling, and learn some new facts. Plus, whilst Flintoff et al are giving their accounts in various expensive books, this is a really good version of events from the fans point of view. It records office culture in the summer of 2005 and what we expect as England supporters (i.e. like Asterix, that the sky will fall on our head any second) - you'll be able to empathise with so much of it.
But, and this is the only reason I gave the book 4 stars, I think the Guardian missed a chance in not putting some pictures in to accompany key overs, key events, and key themes in the book. It's not like a newspaper doesn't have access to sports photography. Maybe the Guardian should try a Christmas release "coffee table" version with snaps?
I really recommend the book as something different amongst the plethora of Ashes publications - as such, I believe you couldn't fail if you bought it as a gift for someone you know who likes cricket. It should win the Guardian OBO commentaries new fans as well. Photo's though would have put the cherry on the cake.
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