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    I really need to stop buying cricket books..

    Picked up a pack of 5 for $25 today - 'As It Was' by Fred Trueman, 'The Art of Captaincy', The Picador Book of Cricket, Woodcock's '100 Greatest Cricketers' and Boycott's autobiography. Picked it up on the strength of Brearley alone, so hopefully the others are pretty decent as well.

    I also grabbed 'Bat & Pad: Writings on Australian Cricket 1804-2001', featuring the likes of Cardus, Arlott, Fingleton and Robinson. Should be an interesting read.

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    good stuff...it is unfortunate not too many cricket books available here
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    Quote Originally Posted by rvd619323 View Post
    I really need to stop buying cricket books..
    I should too, but I know I won't

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    I recently purchased 2 new releases: "Bent arms and sticky wickets" and "Never a gentleman's game." Should be great reads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rvd619323 View Post
    I really need to stop buying cricket books..

    Picked up a pack of 5 for $25 today - 'As It Was' by Fred Trueman, 'The Art of Captaincy', The Picador Book of Cricket, Woodcock's '100 Greatest Cricketers' and Boycott's autobiography. Picked it up on the strength of Brearley alone, so hopefully the others are pretty decent as well.

    I also grabbed 'Bat & Pad: Writings on Australian Cricket 1804-2001', featuring the likes of Cardus, Arlott, Fingleton and Robinson. Should be an interesting read.
    Both the anthologies are very good with the Picador Book of Cricket being one of my favorites. Trueman and Boycott's Autobiographies are definitely worth a read. Brearley's book is one of cricket's finest bits of writing ever. So you have a really good set at a bargain price even without considering Woodcock's book which is so-so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LongHopCassidy View Post
    An Amazon review of Atherton's book:

    Atherton has the qualities required on an opening batsman, he is single minded and extremely boring. Which is great news if you are scoring 189 against South Africa and batting for 3 days, but perhaps not the sort of chap you want writing an interesting book. Mind you, "Athers" never forgets to remind us how great he thought he was throughout the book, with plenty of gripping text such as "I was only 3 days old, but as I gripped hard onto my soother, I knew how great I was and how one day, I would be England Captain". And "I was batting for Manchester Grammar against Scumtown Boys Academy for Under-Privileged Skangers and had no qualms about teaching them a lesson by batting all day for a gritty seven not out, despite the fact that these oiks had to practice on a football pitch covered in dog turds, I had to because one day I was destined to be England Captain". Don't be expecting to see a lot of "knob gags" or hilarious accounts of how Jack Russell once got a Weetabix stuck up his bum, but if you are into gaining an insight into how great Mike Atherton thinks he is, then this is the book for you.
    I'm currently reading Opening Up, actually.

    Whilst yer Amazonian chum is exaggerating for comedic effect, there is the odd sentence that does rather jar the reader, like (paraphase) "I continued my great form and had established myself as a world class opener".

    Seems a bit, well, un-English in the pumping of one's own tyres.

    Could've probably benefitted from a ghost too as the prose is, at best, workmanlike.
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    hahaahaha that is such a good review. 5 stars
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Could've probably benefitted from a ghost too as the prose is, at best, workmanlike.
    Like his batting.

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    Standing My Ground: The Autobiography of Matthew Hayden the better book itbt
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
    Standing My Ground: The Autobiography of Matthew Hayden the better book itbt
    I see what you've done there...

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    Currently reading Omar Henry's autobiography, an excellent read for those who love cliches and self-justifying tomes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
    Standing My Ground: The Autobiography of Matthew Hayden the better book itbt
    Written in easy conditions I heard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rvd619323 View Post
    I really need to stop buying cricket books..

    Picked up a pack of 5 for $25 today - 'As It Was' by Fred Trueman, 'The Art of Captaincy', The Picador Book of Cricket, Woodcock's '100 Greatest Cricketers' and Boycott's autobiography. Picked it up on the strength of Brearley alone, so hopefully the others are pretty decent as well.

    I also grabbed 'Bat & Pad: Writings on Australian Cricket 1804-2001', featuring the likes of Cardus, Arlott, Fingleton and Robinson. Should be an interesting read.
    Quote Originally Posted by SJS View Post
    Both the anthologies are very good with the Picador Book of Cricket being one of my favorites. Trueman and Boycott's Autobiographies are definitely worth a read. Brearley's book is one of cricket's finest bits of writing ever. So you have a really good set at a bargain price even without considering Woodcock's book which is so-so.
    Agree with all that, B&P is quite a good read too
    You know it makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJS View Post
    Brearley's book is one of cricket's finest bits of writing ever. .
    Picked this up on the above advice. Better be right, I paid good money for it.

    $1

    If SJS is right, it will go down as one of my best book bargains ever., along with the Complete works of Shakespeare for $3.99

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    I liked Shakespeare's style. Heavily influenced by Marlowe iirc.



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