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A 'journeymans' tale of life on the county cricket circuit,
By A Customer
This review is from: A Lot of Hard Yakka: Triumph and Torment - A County Cricketer's Life (Paperback)
From his introduction to the sport, through his successful years at Middlessex and his less successful years at Durham to his career in journalism, Simon Hughes recounts what life is really like in the world of county cricket. Iniatially seen as an England player, Hughes deals with his own failings like he deals with the successes of others, with good humour and accuracy. This book doesn't try to glamourise cricketers, or make them seem 'charity' cases, they are merely described as men who are lucky enough to get some payment for playing a sport. You learn of the drudgery, endless travelling and routine as well as the camararderie and excitement professional sport can deliver. Hughes' style is light and uncomplicated, the book flows nicely, is never bogged down in detail or stays too long on individuals. Ideal for anyone who after being out hitting a six into the sea needs a good read whilst they sulk about their maligned talent. Buy this one for dad.