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    My top three (I think) - very different books:

    1. The Willow Wand - Derek Birley. Endlessly fascinating - challenges much of the myth and hypocrisy surrounding the game and its history.

    2. Rain Men - Marcus Berkmann. Extremely funny.

    3. Mystery Spinner - Gideon Haigh. Wonderful biography of Jack Iversen.

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    SJS, if you want to sample it, please send a mail to general.tapioca@gmail.com I have the scanned pdfs of a couple of chapters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zaremba View Post
    My top three (I think) - very different books:

    1. The Willow Wand - Derek Birley. Endlessly fascinating - challenges much of the myth and hypocrisy surrounding the game and its history.

    2. Rain Men - Marcus Berkmann. Extremely funny.

    3. Mystery Spinner - Gideon Haigh. Wonderful biography of Jack Iversen.
    I am still yet to read the top two, but it is especially the top one that I want to read

    We will have a book review of the middle one up soon, we already have reviews up of the other two
    You know it makes sense.


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    Archie, I can't find the review of The Willow Wand. Am I looking in the wrong place? Since you've not read it yet you are in for a treat. It's a complete joy from beginning to end, although if you believe that cricket is anything more than a (wonderful) game your preconceptions will be seriously challenged.

    BTW I very much like the look of your top 12 cricket books and enjoyed your brief reviews of them. In fact it's inspired me to visit amazon to see what's available, and have just ordered 4 of them...
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    Archie confirms in the post preceeding yours that he is yet to delve into the delights of The Willow Wand. Poor bugger.
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    Are you a fan of the WW then, Nev?

    (my last post now edited for clarity!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaremba View Post
    Are you a fan of the WW then, Nev?
    I wasn't when, aged nine, I first tackled its scholastic prose, but it recently became the only book in my collection to be read more than once. Get to it, Archibald.

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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac View Post
    How are you finding Grovel?
    Finished it today, I'm torn between the dustbin and eBay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaremba View Post
    Archie, I can't find the review of The Willow Wand. Am I looking in the wrong place? Since you've not read it yet you are in for a treat. It's a complete joy from beginning to end, although if you believe that cricket is anything more than a (wonderful) game your preconceptions will be seriously challenged.

    BTW I very much like the look of your top 12 cricket books and enjoyed your brief reviews of them. In fact it's inspired me to visit amazon to see what's available, and have just ordered 4 of them...
    Sorry mate, I think we have reviews up of the other two. I do have a review of WW by Stuart to go up in the next few weeks

    Which ones have you ordered?

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    Quote Originally Posted by neville cardus View Post
    Archie confirms in the post preceeding yours that he is yet to delve into the delights of The Willow Wand. Poor bugger.
    Quote Originally Posted by zaremba View Post
    Are you a fan of the WW then, Nev?

    (my last post now edited for clarity!)
    Quote Originally Posted by neville cardus View Post
    I wasn't when, aged nine, I first tackled its scholastic prose, but it recently became the only book in my collection to be read more than once. Get to it, Archibald.
    Yes I must get it

    Stuart said he would led me his, but I know I would not give it back, so I said no

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson View Post
    Finished it today, I'm torn between the dustbin and eBay.
    Truly surprised, I think they also gave it a good review in Wisden?

    Oh well 'to each his own'

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    Today's 4 Amazon orders:

    Purple Patches
    Days in the Sun
    Sing All a Green Willow
    A La Recherche Du Cricket Perdu

    (already ordered 10 Great Bowlers, 10 Great Innings and A Fair Field and No Favour yesterday. God knows when I'll get the chance to read this lot).

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaremba View Post
    Today's 4 Amazon orders:

    Purple Patches
    Days in the Sun
    Sing All a Green Willow
    A La Recherche Du Cricket Perdu

    (already ordered 10 Great Bowlers, 10 Great Innings and A Fair Field and No Favour yesterday. God knows when I'll get the chance to read this lot).
    Good stuff, Mr. Barker is a quality writer

    Sing all a Green Willow, is not for everyone, I hope you enjoy it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac View Post
    I am still yet to read the top two, but it is especially the top one that I want to read

    We will have a book review of the middle one up soon, we already have reviews up of the other two
    Have you read Cricket Wallah? Cricinfo said it was a good book, I'm wondering if I should buy it.
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