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Rain Men: Madness of Cricket
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VINE VOICEon 8 October 2007
I came to this book after reading Harry Thompson's "When Penguins Stopped Play", encouraged by the comments in some reviews of that book (which I enjoyed) that this one would be so much better. And it is! I think one needs to be a player/ex-player (at not too high a level)/scorer/umpire/cricket "widow" to get the most of out it. But for those in any of those categories, be warned that you will encounter very strange looks from anyone in your vicinity where you are reading it as you will find yourself snorting out loud with laughter on almost every page.

Winter days thinking about cricket, pre-season indoor nets, TV or radio commentaries on England Test failures, the talents (or otherwise) of members of your own side, the awesome-looking opposition, the bad umpiring decisions (deliberate or just plain daft), players crying off late or getting lost en route, over-indulgent lunches and teas, the captain's task of trying to keep every player happy - we have all experienced them but Marcus Berkmann brings them (and more) vividly and colourfully to life in a journey through the year of a cricketer. Plus memories of "little Harry Pilling", the boring Chris Tavare and others who will be well known to the real cricket lover. It's all there, and so well written. Get it and enjoy it - but be prepared to split your sides with laughter!
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on 11 March 2012
A delight and you will love this book right away or give up after 3 pages not knowing what it's all about, bit like cricket then really. Most purchasers will relate to it right away. The situations and characters are too 'real' for any fan of the game not to laugh out loud periodically and probably recognise former team mates all too readily. It's an easy read and style which leads you through the book needing to discover just how low the team and its collection of avid yet so obviously limited players can sink. Full of sharp and witty observations this book does not disappoint on any level.
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VINE VOICEon 2 September 2009
A really entertaining and amusing book about the trials and tribulations of a VERY amateur cricket team where each player has an exaggerated sense of his own ability and value to the side. If you love cricket and even if you don't, the descriptions of the matches and the events that surround them are quite hilarious. My father was a rather good cricketer in a pretty decent side and I can remember travelling with them as "official scorer" and the characters I met each weekend are not so far different from some of those in this book. So a big thank you to the author for reminding me of some of the happiest days of my life.
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on 9 November 2009
A truly entertaining book to read for all people whose range of cricketing excuses outweighs their ability. There are plenty of incidents to laugh at both because it is nice to know that a) you are not the only one who thinks that it is normal to have the tele on with no sound to listen to TMS. b) you are not the only person for whom the only consistent feature of ones' bowling / batting is its inconsistency and c) that all of this equips one with the judgement and skill needed to manage the England team.
A pleasure to read and guaranteed to hit any cricket lover for six if received as a present!!
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on 26 September 2013
Virtually everything that is written in this book is reflected in so much of my life.
It is an amazing achievement and deserves to be read by everyone who has even a passing interest in cricket.

In short - a must have for any cricket fan!
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on 29 May 2013
This is such a good book and should be a classic of its type.It shows those of us who like the summer game for what we are at times. The love hate relationship with the game chimes with me. The fact that this was written when England were useless just makes it even funnier.

Zimmer men is also good and this author is just pure class.
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on 12 March 2017
Great Selection of Cricket stories
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on 6 May 2016
good
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on 24 September 2012
If you have ever wanted to know the test score wherever you are. It is a constant battle with the better half to watch/play cricket this is the book for you. First written in 1995 it also shows the change that Sky has had on the cricket viewing public (not for the good)and the heartache attached to playing the best game on Earth. Very funny, anyone who has played the game will appreciate the authors view of the game.
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on 20 July 2016
Bought as a gift, not yet given.
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