I read this book fully expecting it to be boring. This is because I am not a cricket lover; indeed I cannot understand the game. However, I was greatly surprised and pleased to find that it was a cracking good read and that I was really enjoying it.
What I enjoyed most were two things. One was the humour, which was infectious and made me want to read more. The other was the fact that the author also gave us a view of the places he visited in each country on each tour, not just the cricket grounds. I liked the fact that he used 'nicknames' throughout (apart from George presumably)to protect the innocent and the guilty.
Midnight and his friends can certainly drink for England and he has shown that he has made and kept many friends during the six years of his diaries. I look forward to many more stories and chapters of life in the Addis Army on tour.
If you want to know what its REALLY like travelling the world to watch the England cricket team then this is a must read. The author draws you in the world of the independent traveller making their way around the world to watch their team in action.
This book is as much about their own trials and tribulations whilst abroad on the tours as is it is about the cricket giving a great mix of material. Laced with humour and great stories Midnight is the Alan Wicker of the independent travelling England cricket fan and gives you the warts and all on the various Cities, towns and accomodation as well as the all the joy and pain associated with the game of cricket.
Hilarious insight into the modern phenomenon of cricketing tourists. Not the corporate world of expensive tours led by corpulent former players or the clichéd stereotype of fancy dressing wearing hordes singing off the same hymnsheet.
This is a story of independent cricket fans, coming together to survive mosquito ridden chalets, lunatic taxi drivers and cross dressing run shacks. Midnight's tales will strike a chord with all those who enjoy watching England through beer goggles and don't just want to be part of the crowd.
You don’t have to be an avid cricket fan to enjoy reading this book. Spanning several years, the book diarises one cricket fans experiences (and those of his travel companions) following the England cricket team abroad. You definitely have to have a sense of humour to follow that lot twice round the world – and that humour shines through on every page of this book. A thoroughly enjoyable read, and definitely worth a tenner of anyone’s money.
Having read Midnights tour blog since its inception, this promises to be a great addition to this summers Ashes reading list! The highs, the lows, the funny and downright bizarre reality of watching Englands cricket team abroad. A must read!