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    Quote Originally Posted by davidmutton View Post
    I think Ted Dexter wrote a cricket novel once. I have not read it but, my God, I'd love to get my hands on a copy. Chinaman is probably the best that I've encountered.

    Edit: Ah, just saw that you HAVE read the Dexter book, Martin. What is it like?
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    Bear in mind I read it when I was 20 but I quite enjoyed it
    You know it makes sense.

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    On Warne - one of those occasions I had to use a dictionary while reading a book in English, Haigh's nerdy style is very un-warnie-esque.
    Also I get now why some people dislike the man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jan View Post
    On Warne - one of those occasions I had to use a dictionary while reading a book in English, Haigh's nerdy style is very un-warnie-esque.
    Also I get now why some people dislike the man.
    All Haigh's books are like that - someone must have liked it at some point and now he's made it one of his trademarks, but it irritates me. He's an excellent writer anyway and doesn't need all that pretentious stuff


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    Speaking of Haigh, just finished his self-flagellating account of the 2010-11 Ashes. The best part is the way he gets progressively more exasperated with Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson as Australia lose more Tests.

    By the end, you get treated to gems like "His conversion rate is as unimpressive as the Australian dollar to the sterling."
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    Quote Originally Posted by jan View Post
    Havent heard a bad word about it so Im eagerly waiting for it to arrive in my mailbox.

    Guys, book on Boycott - most recommended seems to be the one by McKinstry. It was published in 2000 which is quite some time ago, any new worthy one? Cheers
    Nope. Still the reigning champion and probably the most balanced of all the Boycott bio's.

    Has all the juicy anecdotes you could ever want about the ****.

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    Not sure if it's been mentioned and can't be arsed to look, but Dickie Bird had a new book released a couple of weeks ago entitled 80 Not Out that's worth a read.

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    I've read a couple of his, and I find it hard to believe he has any fresh anecdotes left to tell.

    I don't know which book it was in, but I remember a mildly objectionable phrase he used when talking about a match involving Pakistan in which he was umpiring. There was some confusion about the toss, and Salim Malik, as Bird put it, "started jabbering away in Pakistani" - an on-the-ball editor would have pointed out to Dickie that 'Pakistani' is not a language, and that Malik wouldn't have been 'jabbering away' to someone who could speak Urdu.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LongHopCassidy View Post
    Speaking of Haigh, just finished his self-flagellating account of the 2010-11 Ashes. The best part is the way he gets progressively more exasperated with Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson as Australia lose more Tests.

    By the end, you get treated to gems like "His conversion rate is as unimpressive as the Australian dollar to the sterling."
    Weirdly enough I've just taken delivery of that and his tome on the 2009 series from Amazon, who were basically giving them away.

    That's me reading for the next week off sorted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Weirdly enough I've just taken delivery of that and his tome on the 2009 series from Amazon, who were basically giving them away.

    That's me reading for the next week off sorted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Weirdly enough I've just taken delivery of that and his tome on the 2009 series from Amazon, who were basically giving them away.

    That's me reading for the next week off sorted.
    I read it in a sitting. The bloke gambhired the last three Tests with an almost SS fervour. You can feel his disdain for the state of Aus cricket as he ramps it up to at least two esoteric similes per sentence.

    That series took its toll on the best of us.

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    Guys,
    finishing the above mentioned piece on Boycott Im looking for a book about some more likeable character and with as little Yorkshire as possible...C. Walsh perhaps. Tips?

    Cheers again.

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    Courtney published an autobiography back in 1999 "Courtney - Heart of the Lion" - I've not read it though

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    Currently reading updated version of Geoff Armstrong's book on 100 Greatest Cricketers and whilst there is some utter nonsense (e.g. chapter on Kallis is a disgrace), some is very interesting (e.g. chapter on Grace)

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    Quote Originally Posted by social View Post
    Currently reading updated version of Geoff Armstrong's book on 100 Greatest Cricketers and whilst there is some utter nonsense (e.g. chapter on Kallis is a disgrace), some is very interesting (e.g. chapter on Grace)
    It's an enjoyable book. Armstrong is one of those basic authors who does things simply but well. I enjoy his stuff.



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