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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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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.See all Product description
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