- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (4 April 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0349107424
- ISBN-13: 978-0349107424
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rain Men: Madness of Cricket Paperback – 4 Apr 1996
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The Fever Pitch of cricket. Very funny. (DAILY TELEGRAPH)
Many thousands of cricketers will be able to identify with Marcus Berkmann's marvellous Rain Men. A masterpiece. (Sir Tim Rice)
A very funny book about some very sad men (Ian Hislop)
It captures splendidly the many dazzingling facets of the truly atrocious cricketer (OBSERVER)
* The most hilarious book ever written about amateur cricket.See all Product Description
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Having played at "The Gibbon" and some of the other grounds exquisitely described by Marcus Berkmann I woke up in intensive care and knew life was never going to be the same again. If an ex-cricketer does nothing else this winter, he should read this book.
1. write a review so evangelical I am about how funny this book is; and
2. set up my own hopeless cricket team with a bunch of rugby, football and hockey players from university with the same levels of success of the team described in these pages.
I can not imagine how anyone but the most hardened anti-sports fan can fail to enjoy this book. I find that there is a lot of drivel written about cricket which seems be in love with its own sense of history and literature but this is a real treat. Don't go and buy the next Beckham, Rooney or Lampard autobiography - read a book about proper sportsmen who really suffer for their love.
... and A Few Good Men Cricket Club are looking for a good fast bowler by the way...
If your team and two hangers on drive off to an away match, and cluster in threes to share cars (four is too many with full bags of kit), then arithmetic demands there will be one of you left over. Have you ever been that one, reluctantly driving ON YOUR OWN and with the whole journey to wonder if your place is in peril?
Have you seen a former Bletchley code-breaker reduced to tears trying to reconstruct a half-hearted attempt at scoring by a love-struck, mobile phone-bonded colt? Does he stuff that missing four on John's innings total, or does Clive count all his runs? Is a lifetime's friendship in the balance?
Have you ever secretly taken FIVE sausage rolls, hiding them under two carefully arranged sandwiches?
Why does it always rain just after you arrive at Kidmore End?
If this means anything to you, get the book, laugh till the tears stream down your face, viva Berkmann.
Rain Men was first shown to me one drunken evening in a bar frequented by members of Captain Scott's XI near Leicester Square. Having been told I MUST read this book I managed to persuade the owner to lend me one of his copies of this excellent book I set off on my hols. wondering why I should read it.
Great entertainment, and thoroughly entertaining, providing a down to earth insight into the world of cricket. Providing me with understanding into how a collegue's mind works and why he loves cricket so much.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having heard (recently) that Marcus Berkmann's 21 year wait to reach his half century of reviews had ended, I was determined to see what all the fuss was about. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Shahab Mossavat
A decent read for any cricket fan, but somewhat disappointing for anyone who's read the definitive book about Captain Scott"s XI, Penguins Stopped Play.Published 19 months ago by TimM