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A Lot of Hard Yakka, Triumph and Torment: A County Cricketer's Life: Cricketing Life on the County Circuit Hardcover – 3 Apr 1997

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  • Hardcover: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; First edition edition (3 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747218137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747218135
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 424,651 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 lasck 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)


The humorous autobiography of county cricketer and broadcaster Simon Hughes which examines the lifestyle of a sporting professional, the daily tedium and small rewards, and features anecdotes about famous colleagues such as Mike Gatting, Phil Edmonds and Ian Botham.

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