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A Thirst for Life: With the Accent on Cricket Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 5 Oct 2000

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Audio Books (5 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840323973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840323979
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.7 x 13.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,589,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Thirst for Life cannot be praised too highly. It is erudite, eccentric, eclectic and otherwise extremely well written...Blofeld is a latter-day Wodehouse with his witty obeservations of people and class (Independent)

A meticiously researched book and well worth a read...it is difficult to put down. (The Times)

No shortage here of shrewd comment and fascinating in-pavilion gosip (Sunday Telegraph)

An elegant journey from the playing fields of Eton in the 1950s...into the muddy waters of today's match fixing allegations (Independent on Sunday) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The autobiography of one of cricket's best-loved characters. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By A Customer on 19 Sept. 2001
Format: Paperback
Henry Blofeld has developed his 'my dear old thing' persona rather a la Brian Johnston, maybe to differentiate himself from other cricket commentators. But in this autobiography, we see the full person - in turn suave, scathing, generous, amusing and loving - but always readable, erudite and knowledgeable. His story has a twist at the end, and the description of his illness is beautifully told. This isn't one of those name-dropping autobiogs. It is an interesting and personal account of a life of a cricket writer, and worth reading by anyone who loves the game.
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I found this a most enjoyable book. A funny and, typical of the author, self deprecating journey through his early life, his close shaves with death, and his career as a cricketing journalist.

Well written and eloquent auto biography.
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Format: Paperback
Blowers is a national institution. Henry Blofeld seeks to distance self a little from Blowers the claret guzzling, cake munching, wisecracking, clubbable cricket commentator on BBC Test Match Special. Not everyone can claim to be the son of James Bond's implacable enemy, yet this seems to have no obstacle to the young Henry's , a promising cricketing career (a Cambridge blue no less) tragically cut short as a result of an accident with a bus! One wonders if that explains his fascination with helicopters, buses and pigeons ? Anyway, failing to get on in the City Henry takes up the craft of journalism, and makes a successful career for himself in newspapers and later becomes a much loved figure on Radio and TV. Blofeld in interviews and in these memoirs is not quite the ebullient character who fills the radio waves on an English summer. We find a sensitive soul, a coolly determined professional, a master of his craft carefully honed in the shadows of EW Swanton and John Arlott. Blofeld writes moving about his heart operation, his happy marriage, his disabled stepson, his love of PG Wodehouse and the pleasures of family life. That he's made such an imprint on the game of cricket its fitting that he can write such an attractive memoir and reveal a little more of himself to his adoring public. My dear old thing, thank you!
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