Penguins Stopped Play: Eleven Village Cricketers Take on the World Paperback – 5 Apr 2007
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Praise for Harry Thompson and Penguins Stopped Play: (.)
'Actually completely brilliant' (Ian Hislop)
'A real gold standard sense of humour' (David Baddiel)
'Rare, clever, creative ... a maverick, pushing boundaries with outrageous jokes' (Guardian)
'Crammed with sharp observation, comic and cruel characterisation and a great many very good jokes... Gloriously funny and life-affirming' (Daily Telegraph)
'Surely the funniest book ever written about the English addiction to cricket...a beautiful tale of classic British humour, self-deprecation, great courage' (Daily Mail)
'Even people who despise cricket will adore this' (Times)
'Isn't only a marvellous read but in many ways captures the very essence of the game' (Observer)
'Very funny . . .he fills his warm-hearted book with a satisfying selection of tales' (Sunday Times)
'Funny and inspiring...Thompson writes with a novelist's sympathy about a wonderfully mixed bunch of characters' - Hugh Massingberd (Literary Review)
'As funny as you would expect from the writer of Have I Got News For You' (Daily Express)
'Harry Thompson wrote with such verve and wit that he could have made a trip round a multi-storey car park into an adventure' (Celia Brayfield, The Times)
'A very funny, peculiarly British travel book' (Markus Berkman, Daily Mail)
'A rip-roaring and at times touching account of a global tour by a bunch of village cricketers' (Oxford Mail)
A hilarious odyssey in which an amateurish bunch of English eccentrics go cricketing across the globeSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
This time the focus is on the over seas tours the team embarked upon and the hilarious, embarrassing and awful situations that followed them around the globe. (I particularly enjoyed the withering attack on BA).
If you enjoy Cricket & travel then this book is a must. It is constantly laugh out loud funny with great stories on travel, sport & friendship. Well written and observant not only on foreign lands & cricket but also on the people that participate and play this silly game.
The books conclusion is particularly moving and poignant with the author facing the challenges of a terminal illness, which is met with much bravery and a straight bat. Penguins Stopped Play is a great book and Harry Thompson will be missed even by those who didn't know him! Thanks Harry!
Driven to make the journey of a lifetime, Harry Thompson and his team conquer the world in pursuit of cricket. There's good chunks of travel writing here, some brilliant characterisation, and a good many jokes. It's a refreshing read, which you'll polish off in a session. The book's haunting ending will remain with you for a long, long time.
Laugh-out-loud funny in parts, bewildering in others, and tragic in its conclusion, 'Penguins Stopped Play' is a must for all sports fans. It is a great shame that this hero of British comedy will be unable to produce a follow-up.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Five stars? I shock myself. Let me explain. First, it has one of the most outstanding and memorable openings I've ever read. Read morePublished 8 months ago by A. Bonn
I fell in love with cricket again reading this book.
Some of the characters remind me of old team mates, say no more. Read more
I am not really interested in sport but I bought this several years ago as a Christmas present for an older uncle who enjoys cricket. Read morePublished 10 months ago by lyra
Terrific book but very sad ending. I don't even like cricket much but story was very engaging.Published 12 months ago by Eric Redmond
On the whole enjoyable
but occasionally lags a bit with too much detail
Was sceptical of a cricket book being not overly enthused by the game, despite it being recommended as thoroughly enjoyable even if you don't like cricket. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ian E