I always enjoy watching Simon Hughes on TV, as I'm sure do most cricket fans, as I find him to be insightful and balanced, frequently pinpointing succinctly key aspects of a match, but never speaking down to the audience. I found his book 'A Lot of Hard Yakka' to be quite superb, and a deserving winner of the William Hill prize.
I am sorry to say that this book disappointed me a little. It tells a great story of course, but I think the book has been undermined by a number of things. It does feel like a rush job, dictated in some haste to follow the back to back Ashes series. Like 'Yakking All Over the World' there is far too much weak humour in there. Why? One doesn't want a book to be overly serious but jokes in a book like this only work if they are genuinely funny. In contrast to his very measured TV personae, Hughes the author sometimes seems to give too much free rein to his personal biases. I think he is capable of much better than this. I am inclined to blame his editors.