Henry Blofeld will be familiar to many through his distinctive comentaries for the BBC's much beloved Test Match Special. Squeezing the Orange is a thoroughly entertaining read, in which Blowers describes his life's many adventures. Squeezing the Orange is Blowers' second volume of Memoirs, and is essentially a complete rewrite and update of the earlier 'A Thirst For Life'. Obviously, from someone that has been writing about Cricket since the 1960s and commentating since the Early 1970s, there is much about that game in the book, but there are also many other amusing anecdotes as well, taking place all over the World, although mostly those civilised parts of World where Cricket pitches and fine wine are to be found.
Every Chapter of this memoir could be a book in its own right; the author's recollections are very vivid, and often dazzling.
But, I suspect, the "dear old thing" is getting on a bit; so he was forced, and not just by time, but also his publisher, to get a lifetime's work onto his ipad (an indication, as ever, that he is still a cutting edge sporting journalist. Not a typewriter or telex or telegram here anymore; that's old stuff for Henry). One is almost reminded of H.S Thompson in his early "Kentucky Derby" days when Henry writes of his career in the 60s and 70s, and there is a lightness of touch that leaves all the politics, money, power plays and outright corruption and all its intrusion into the sport of cricket, most gratifyingly, behind. Damn! And I'm only on chapter seven....
This book started off interesting when it told of his growing up years . When he got too much into the detail of his cricket 'jobs' I gave up . This was boring for me . But you might want to know all that stuff if you are a cricket buff .
I was suffering from Ashes 2015 fever when I bought this. but hey, I've always loved listening to Henry Blofeld, dear old thing, so thought it about time to read his fascinating autobiography. Couldn't put it down.
Fascinating insight to cricket around the world over many years. Insightful, and often very amusing account by a very well informed writer who, but for a very serious road accident as a teenager, might have played rather than reported on Test cricket.
As always Henry Blofeld writes a great and easy to read book full of humour. It is very difficult to put down. I advise anyone mildly interested in cricket and a fan of Henry to buy the book - I am so glad I did.
Purchased for hubby, who is a great Blowers fan. He found the book enjoyable but, having read all the others, feels that perhaps this lovely man may be running out of ideas so found it slightly disappointing. :(