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on 8 January 2011
First let me say this is a really good read for anyone with even a vague interest in cricket, and the fact that Johnners and Aggers are from different generations means it has a wide appeal to different age groups. I've long been a fan of books of personal recollections of people on the cricket circuit - including Frances Edmonds (wife of former England spinner Phil Edmonds) through David "Bumble" Lloyd and Simon Hughes their stories of the inside world of county cricket and especially cricket touring have always been thoroughly entertaining.

The book is really three things in one - part biography of Brian Johnson, part autobiography of Jonathan Agnew, and part collection of anecdotes of how the pair came together and worked alongside each other to create some memorable moments in cricket broadcasting history.

Having grown up watching and listening to Brian Johnson commentating on TV and Radio, and also watching Agnew playing the game and then transitioning into broadcasting, this book was always going to be a winner for me as I remember many of the events in the book. What Agnew adds is the behind the scenes angle that the public won't have heard about including some of the fraught relationships in the Test Match Special commentary box. Agnew's easy broadcasting manner translates well into the book (it ought to as he's also been a print journalist for many years as well).

My only grumble is the title really - although in the first page or so Agnew admits this isn't meant as a biography of Johnson, looking at the title and the cover you would be forgiven for thinking it was and so some may be disappointed to find large swathes of the book are totally unrelated to him.

Well worth a read though. An easy page turner and brings back some great memories.
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