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The Bluffer's Guide to Cricket (Bluffers Guides) Paperback – 1 Apr 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Oval Books; New edition edition (1 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902825497
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902825496
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,215,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great fun. A perfect book for all those who love cricket or who want to pretend that they do! --Barry Johnston, Son Of Johnners And Author Of The Wit Of Cricket

This guide will soon be resting in cricketing homes across the nation and should become required reading for every girlfriend who ever seeks a cricketing husband. --Lord Bassam Of Brighton, Lords And Commons Cricket Club

The Bluffer s Guides present the means to apparent instant erudition without actually having to know or study anything. --Daily Mail

About the Author

A self-proclaimed all-rounder, James Trollope has been playing village cricket for 25 years during which time he s gained a reputation for running out his batting partners, refusing to walk and producing revolting teas. A promising career as a TV reporter in Sussex came to a premature end when his editor refused to accede to his demands to cover local news from the comfort of the County Cricket Ground, Hove. Nowadays, creaking middle age leads to much embarrassment in the field but he remains lethal in an umpire s jacket, especially after failing with the bat. A hurried, anxious bat, Nick Yapp never fulfilled the potential that early days on the beach at Worthing suggested. His slow bowling, however, has been famously popular with batspersons all over South London. Ever a Surrey fan, he had to take a double dose of his heart pills when he saw them win the Championship in 1999. Only a soft ball and the promise of friendly bowling now bring him out of retirement. On these occasions he still manages to look hawkish in the field, unless the ball comes too near.


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I bought this book to genuinely bluff my way into my, now, fiances conversations as he talked of little else with his friends. I was surprised that reading about cricket was so enjoyable but the author made the subject very humorous. This is a great gift for cricket widows (as we're called) for an introduction to cricket but also for its players and lovers for its funny take on the game.
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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 July 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoy these Bluffer's Guides. I had the good fortune to be sent a few for review by the publisher: they are pocket-sized and only around 100 pages long and I have found them all amusing, informative and very enjoyable. They are, in fact, a bluff in themselves because although they purport to be a guide for those who simply want to bluff their way, they use this as a cover for providing lots of very sound fact, written by people who really know and love their subject while being very witty about it and often scathing about the pretence which surrounds it.

This Guide to Cricket is an up-to-date (in 2013) view of the game, with some basics about what terms mean, the Laws (a successful bluffer must never refer to "the rules", of course), the history, some characters and the modern game in general. It offers some funny and penetrating insights into all sorts of things including, as a random sample, village cricket, the KP/Strauss "incident", Twenty20 and a very funny summary of the important characteristics of various national teams. As a life-long cricket follower, I found it very funny and in places genuinely informative about some of the dustier corners of the game (ideal for a bluffer, of course).

The book acknowledges that a true novice would need actually to attend a match or two and listen to a bit of TMS before they could bluff their way convincingly even after reading this book - but then the book is all a bluff anyway and, although a novice would learn a good deal, it is really aimed at cricket fans who want an amusing, informative read by a fellow lover of the game. They'll get it. I enjoyed it hugely and sometimes laughed out loud. Warmly recommended.
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concise, entertaining/humorous and as a cheap way to have some vaguely useful cricket knowledge to hand it was well worth the purchase.
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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 July 2013
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoy these Bluffer's Guides. I had the good fortune to be sent a few for review by the publisher: they are pocket-sized and only around 100 pages long and I have found them all amusing, informative and very enjoyable. They are, in fact, a bluff in themselves because although they purport to be a guide for those who simply want to bluff their way, they use this as a cover for providing lots of very sound fact, written by people who really know and love their subject while being very witty about it and often scathing about the pretence which surrounds it.

This Guide to Cricket is an up-to-date (in 2013) view of the game, with some basics about what terms mean, the Laws (a successful bluffer must never refer to "the rules", of course), the history, some characters and the modern game in general. It offers some funny and penetrating insights into all sorts of things including, as a random sample, village cricket, the KP/Strauss "incident", Twenty20 and a very funny summary of the important characteristics of various national teams. As a life-long cricket follower, I found it very funny and in places genuinely informative about some of the dustier corners of the game (ideal for a bluffer, of course).

The book acknowledges that a true novice would need actually to attend a match or two and listen to a bit of TMS before they could bluff their way convincingly even after reading this book - but then the book is all a bluff anyway and, although a novice would learn a good deal, it is really aimed at cricket fans who want an amusing, informative read by a fellow lover of the game. They'll get it. I enjoyed it hugely and sometimes laughed out loud. Warmly recommended.
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By Peter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 April 2013
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The classic bluffer's guide has been relaunched in an updated form. And you WILL be tested at the end (if you want).

It's a lighthearted survey of the rules and history of cricket, including a couple of diagrams that have finally sorted out for me the difference between an attacking and a defending field. And some of the fielding positions, and why they're called what they are (the difference between "longstop" and "very fine leg", for example, appears to be whether you're being polite to your wicket-keeper or not).

There's the traditional Bluffer's Guide chapter on how to bluff your way at actually playing cricket even if you really haven't a clue what you're doing. The excuses suggested are the sort you'd expect to hear at many an after-match session at the pub: perhaps the people you see playing village cricket are bluffers too.

The Bluffer's Guide series is a classic series of humorous guides, from the era of George Mikes and the like. The text has been updated, though, as has the cover (which looks pleasingly retro while still feeling stylish and modern). It's very British in its humour, and it manages to be educational without quite converting you to an "instant expert". If you have a passing interest in cricket and you want to understand a little more about what all those people in white sweaters are doing, you could do worse than read this book.

And there is a test. When you get to the end, you fond that there's a link to a short test on the Bluffer's website (and a QR code so you can get your smartphone to take you there quickly). It's not a difficult test, and it's not about the rules of cricket, but I was still pleased to get all but one question right.

The nice people at Bluffers sent me a copy of the eBook so I could write this review; I really enjoyed reading it.
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