- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2246 KB
- Print Length: 310 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1479166901
- Publisher: The White Words Limited (12 Sept. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009DEPL7Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #465,894 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you are interested in cricket and want to know a bit more about it, this is a really fun book. About a quarter of it is a glossary which is very useful but also very funny, with a touch of the Douglas Adams about many of the definitions. Instead of just referring to it when I needed to I actually switched back and forth between reading the main book and reading the glossary because the glossary was so funny.
I'm not sure I really want to get into the game as much as the author, who seems to have made his life a lot more complicated than I would like, but it's now definitely a sport I want to take an interest in.
It will also make a great gift for anyone who has a passion for cricket in any form of the game.
I hope that Simon White writes more books, as i'll definitely buy them!
Minor quibbles: could have done with some more attentive editing and sub-editing. I don't know whether it was my Kindle version that was at fault, but "practice" was frequently used as a verb, apostrophes were often incorrectly applied,the beehive was described as "pair" shaped instead of pear-shaped. Also, for a cricket buff, I'm surprised that Simon White blamed Duckworth Lewis for the 1992 World Cup match between England and South Africa when the 21 runs off 1 ball debacle occurred. DL was introduced in 1996/97 to prevent such anomalies. He also says that the England cricket team played as the MCC until 1976/77 - that's only true of England touring teams - at home, they had played as England for many years.
I found it amusing, well written and well paced without too much confusing jargon that might put off a non-cricket 'officianado'. As a cricket lover and having spent some afternoons as a a make-up-the-numbers cricketer I recognised all the characters so beautifully depicted and who can be found gracing most Village Cricket Teams. Although a number of practices and comitments could just as easily apply to those who generously commit their time to football, rugby or gymkanas no doubt.
A lovely read. Highly recommended.
Heartily recommend this for any cricket loving enthusiast
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