- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Constable (20 Sept. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780331231
- ISBN-13: 978-1780331232
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.9 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
All in a Day's Cricket: An Anthology of Outstanding Cricket Writing Hardcover – 20 Sep 2012
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Ranges far and wide through the literature of the game ... almost certainly the only book in history to combine the best bits of Gus Fraser and Charles Dickens. Something for everyone, then. (Andy Bull The Spin (the Guardian's free weekly cricket email))
An absolutely marvellous book, a bedside and fireside joy. And it looks and feels good, too. Surely a Christmas necessity! (Vernon Coleman, author of 'The Village Cricket Tour')
Cricket, as Sam Johnson might have averred, has all that life affords. Almost every aspect is touched upon in this delightful collection. It is the product of wide reading, deep interest and a versatile mind. (Christopher Martin-Jenkins)
There is a treat around every corner ... this will stay on the bedside table for some time ... It is a splendid reminder that we have the best game in the world, and the best writers too. (Richard H. Thomas, 'All Out Cricket' magazine)
Outstanding ... sure to be regarded as a classic of its kind. (Tony Hutton, joint author with Peter Davies, of Two Men and a Blog: Cricket Diary 2009)
An amazing compilation of every facet of cricket imaginable - bright and breezy reading. Both a high quality 20/20 - a huge variety of entertainment coming from the most unlikely sources! - and a timeless Test because it is the sort of book you can dip in and out of and still not lose the thread! A triumph of devotion to the game! (Rachael Heyhoe Flint)
A pleasing mix of voices that capture the spirit of the game. (Tony Lewis The Cricketer)
A hugely enjoyable anthology where blogs mix with erudite historical pieces and personal recollections mingle with more magisterial pronouncements on the game at large . . . The book is full of well-chosen, fine writing and represents a very good reintroduction to the joys of anthology. An excellent index completes the package. A very decent collection and most enjoyable. (The Cricket Society News Bulletin, February/March 2013)
'Perfect material to help ease you through the cricket breaks on a glorious sleepy summers day . . . or to alleviate the boredom spent sheltering from the belting rain under the pavilion.' (Holly Gillett Sports Gazette)
This is a top-drawer selection of the very best and most intriguing writings on cricket, ranging from the 18th Century to the present day. (The Chap magazine)
A fascinating range of 155 articles selected from sources of all periods and all quarters . . . the book, itself, is outstanding and cannot fail to please. (The Northern Cricket Society 2013 Booklet)
Read the book if you love cricket or if you love life - or if, like so many of us out there, you believe the two expressions are interchangeable. (Ashok Malik ESPN Cricinfo)
Over 250 years of the finest cricket writing, by W. G. Grace, C. L. R. James, Angus Fraser and many moreSee all Product Description
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This is the kind of book that I have usually bought or been given as a gift since I was so high. But, three decades since my fascination with the sport and its literature began, this anthology is, by a stretch, the best collection of cricket writing I have read. Levison's range is born of a wide, wide knowledge and an ear for a finely tuned sentence. There is not a duff piece in here, and, to his great credit, it steers away from the humdrum, platitudinous "oh, my dear old thing, isn't it marvellous" rubbish that often uses up space in these collections.
I got this for Xmas, and have deliberately played a longish innings with it. There are pieces that the avid reader of the game will have come across before, but that is to be expected; Levison's skill is in managing to pick some of the best passages from already familiar books and allow you to enjoy them again. That said, there will be some really interesting new pieces for everyone. When I finished the other day, it was with some regret; I am sure Levison has the breadth for another volume.
Highly recommended for the cricket and cricket literature enthusiast.
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I was looking for a cricket anthology to read to an elderly gentleman and this is just perfect! It even got me interested in the game!Published on 13 Dec. 2013 by D Brockbank
Bought this as a gift for someone interested in cricket and they said they enjoyed it. Easy to dip in and out of and a good price.Published on 10 Jun. 2013 by KatieJ