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A Beautiful Game: My love affair with cricket Paperback – 4 May 2017

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin; Main edition (4 May 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1760292710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1760292713
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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Mark Nicholas...captures the magic of top-flight cricket in this likeable memoir. Sunday Telegraph [H]ugely enjoyable... Nicholas has done a huge service to a game already in his debt. He helped to lift English cricket out of the sporting gloom of the late 1990s; and now he has chronicled his era as if he were one of us. For that, every cricket nut, English or otherwise, should be immensely grateful. Independent Mark Nicholas has written a fascinating and engaging account of his life in cricket, firstly as a player and latterly as a commentator. This is an immensely readable but far from lightweight book, packed with anecdote, opinion and - a valuable gift - empathy... he is an elegant, enthusiastic observer of the game and this book, and indeed his life in cricket, deserves plaudits. ESPN Cricinfo A typically entertaining collection of thoughts, opinions and memories from inside the soul of the game we love. -- Sir Ian Botham Every chapter is interesting in its own way. I didn't always agree with him but that's not the point. The point is that I wanted to read on. -- Geoffrey Boycott Mark Nicholas has been at the centre of the game as a player, writer, commentator and analyst for years. Very few have ever equalled his passion, perception, knowledge of the game and matchless ability to communicate it with wit, charm and flawless fluency. All these qualities and more have flowered in A Beautiful Game. -- Stephen Fry A brilliant broadcaster with a wonderful knowledge of the game and, above all, an infectious passion for cricket. -- Shane Warne The thing about Mark is his uniquely positive take on cricket. He conveys the message that the game may not be easy but it's sure worthwhile. His book is the same, a celebration. -- Alastair Cook Mark Nicholas is a master with words, both written and spoken. His positivity is what separates him from others and it's what shines through in this book. -- Sunil Gavaskar Vision, knowledge, enthusiasm: three of the attributes that give Mark authority and respect. This book reflects his passion for the game and his ability to tell the stories that make it so special. A great read. -- Michael Vaughan Top class from first to last. -- Sir Michael Parkinson Quite possibly the best cricket book you will ever read - a masterpiece. -- Mike Procter Whether writing or commentating, Mark has always been able to take us inside the game. If I was buying one cricket book this year, it would A Beautiful Game -- Wasim Akram this is indeed a beautiful book. It is the memoir of a complex and fascinating man much more interesting and nuanced than the sporting celebrity with whom most of us are familiar... a gifted writer who possesses not only an uncanny eye for the game but for humanity in general. The Australian

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A former title-winning player, Channel 5 commentator Mark Nicholas gives his personal and fascinating account of the world of cricket.

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I've always found Nicholas a bit shallow, a pretty boy whose privileged background opened doors for him that would have been closed to other average players without those connections. His commentaries can be annoying and one is left with the sense that he feels it is all about him rather than the spectacle on offer. This book changed my opinion of him. It's a very good read. In particular I enjoyed the sections on the Smith family and the late Philip Hughes which could easily have been mawkish but is pitched just right. Nicholas retired around 20 years ago and I think he has timed this wide ranging review of the game well. He has shown perspective, sensitive yet hard analysis and concern for the future of cricket. I was wrong.
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'A Beautiful Game' recently won the Cross Cricket Book of the Year which nudged me into buying. Whilst the review of Nicholas' playing career gave an insight into the life and frustrations of a player just below international standard, the second half of the book deteriorates into a shapeless collection of miscellaneous essays and musings. As 'Cricket Book of the Year', not as good as the vastly superior 'Absolutey Foxed' , Jonathan Trotts autobiography or the tiny gem that is Duncan Hamiltons 'Kings of Summer'
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This book brought so many great memories back from watching cricket at northlands road,watched so many great cricketers,so so lucky.
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I can't really say anything more than a beautiful description of the game we love... this is the book of the day!
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An excellent book, especially for cricket lovers, very well written and good value.
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I've never met Mark Nicholas but on TV he comes across as somebody who doesn't lack confidence. I wasn't going to buy the book but read good reviews of it and am so glad that I did. Mark Nicholas writes with tremendous enthusiasm for the game and has a lightness of touch and sense of humour that shine through. Lots of great anecdotes, shrewd observations and a cracking pace throughout. Highly recommended.
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Cricket is blessed to have so many fine chronicler's, and Mark Nicholas is up there near the top. From his days as a player to his post media career this is brimful of anecdotes about the game and its players. One of the best I have read in over 40 years of reading about The Beautiful Game.
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Mark Nicholas is a master at story telling. Emotion, humour, insight and analysis....loved it.
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