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"A Casual Vacancy" meets "Bodyline" on the set of "Midsomer Murders"
on 14 March 2015
I have had "It's Not Cricket" in my to-read list for a long time (Sorry, Mr Ravenscroft!), and considered it was good timing to read during the current World Cup taking place in Australia and New Zealand. What a perfect way to ease the pain of England's disappointing performance and Australia's none-too-spectacular start!
This book has many laughs per page. An absolute must for fans of British humour, it's "A Casual Vacancy" meets "Bodyline", and then throw in "Last of the Summer Wine" and a good dose of "Carry on...". Add inspiration from "Grand Designs", "The Goodies" and Pam Ayres' poetry, and you'll end up on the set of "Midsomer Murders".
The story is peppered with tall tales of village scullduggery as we follow the fate of a retired cricketing superstar (Jonny Pickering) who moves to the countryside for some peace and quiet. Or so he thought... The nefarious slew of temptations, bribes and inducements offered by both rival cricket teams backfire on poor Jonny, who sustains multiple injuries in the process.
Readers don't need to understand cricket to enjoy the humour in this book. For those needing a little help, the author provides a choice of definitions at the beginning of each chapter... The multitude of theatrical asides and observations about human nature are hilarious in their accuracy! I can't wait to read more of Mr Ravenscroft's work.