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A Lot of Hard Yakka: Triumph and Torment - A County Cricketer's Life Paperback – 2 Apr 1998

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (2 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747255164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747255161
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You won't read a better inside story of cricket and the men who play it for a living. Vigorous, funny and full of insight from a gifted observer. It was a book waiting to be written and Simon Hughes has done it. (Michael Parkinson)

Terrific. (Harold Pinter)

A devastating account of English cricket and its shortcomings... The book describes the shocking lack of ambition, dedication, coaching and leadership in English cricket. (Mike Brearley, Observer)

A brilliant commentary on the life of a county cricketer. (Mike Selvey, Guardian)

You will never read a better book about the bizarre circus known as county cricket ... a very funny, often outrageous book. (Ian Wooldridge, Daily Mail)

Hughes may never have scaled the heights as a cricketer, but he has become a wonderful writer on the sport ... gaspingly candid ... One thing is clear from this book - he had a really good time. So will anyone sensible enough to read it. (Marcus Berkmann, Daily Telegraph)

Sharp and funny ... his book sails neatly between self-glorification and self-pity and lays bare the real truth of the athlete: a dark life of angst and self-doubt lit by sudden piercing shafts of transcendent adequacy. (Simon Barnes, The Times)

May be the first cricketer's autobiography ever to tell it like it is, from dressing-room to bedroom ... Hughes is rivetingly unguarded. (Tim de Lisle, Wisden Cricket Monthly)

As life-lived-through-sport, it is pure Hornby ... The book that cricket needed. (Simon Wilde, The Times)

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