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    Cricket Books

    Have just reviewed Out of My Comfort Zone by Steve Waugh
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    Would be great if others could review some cricket books, new or old
    You know it makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac
    Have just reviewed Out of My Comfort Zone by Steve Waugh
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    Would be great if others could review some cricket books, new or old
    I'm reading "Hansie - sy Lewensverhaal" which is a really good book on the most controversial figure in South African cricket.. Shame it's only available in Afrikaans though, its a great look at both sides of our public opinion on the guy..

    White Lightning by Allan Donald is a good read, about the bowler, his methods, dedication, and also a good section on when he was in the SA defence force during the apartheid era "cleaning" out townships.. Not your average cricket read but a very good one..

    Also enjoyed anything by Marcus Berkmann, and Phill Tuffnell's A-Z of cricket is good fun too..
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    ^I read rain men by Marcus Berkmann and thought it was fantastic,i'll tyr to write a review of soem books when i;ve got the time/

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    before you write a review, it would be wise to take some spelling lessons
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    Quote Originally Posted by open365
    ^I read rain men by Marcus Berkmann and thought it was fantastic,i'll tyr to write a review of soem books when i;ve got the time/
    I have not read that one, so would be good to read a non bias review

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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac
    Have just reviewed Out of My Comfort Zone by Steve Waugh
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    Would be great if others could review some cricket books, new or old
    Good review there Archie, although I think 3 stars may have been a bit low. I was really impressed by the book, definetely one of the better cricket books I've read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andyc
    Good review there Archie, although I think 3 stars may have been a bit low. I was really impressed by the book, definetely one of the better cricket books I've read.
    Yes 3 stars was a bit tough, but only having 5 stars to play with limits one a little. How many would you have given?

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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac
    Yes 3 stars was a bit tough, but only having 5 stars to play with limits one a little. How many would you have given?
    4, definetely.

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    I find ratings are tough on a numerical scale.

    Maybe we should qualify them something like

    5 = Excellent = Just dont miss it !
    4 = Good = Highly Recommended/Thoroughly Enjoyable
    3 = Above average = Read it /Enjoyable in parts/Not a waste of time
    4 = Below Average = Read it if you really have nothing else to do
    5 = Poor = Sheer waste of time and money ! Watch a Chris Tavare innings instead

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJS
    I find ratings are tough on a numerical scale.

    Maybe we should qualify them something like

    5 = Excellent = Just dont miss it !
    4 = Good = Highly Recommended/Thoroughly Enjoyable
    3 = Above average = Read it /Enjoyable in parts/Not a waste of time
    4 = Below Average = Read it if you really have nothing else to do
    5 = Poor = Sheer waste of time and money ! Watch a Chris Tavare innings instead
    Would be confusing having two 4s and two 5s

    What about halfs? But yes not a bad idea

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    I am reading Many a slip by Gideon Haigh.

    It is a really good account of a club cricket season. I am sure that most club cricketers could relate to most of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJS
    I find ratings are tough on a numerical scale.

    Maybe we should qualify them something like

    5 = Excellent = Just dont miss it !
    4 = Good = Highly Recommended/Thoroughly Enjoyable
    3 = Above average = Read it /Enjoyable in parts/Not a waste of time
    2 = Below Average = Read it if you really have nothing else to do
    1 = Poor = Sheer waste of time and money ! Watch a Chris Tavare innings instead
    Rectified on STUPID error being pointed by kindly reader

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    I've read a few John Arlott and Neville Cardus books, both amazing writers with great knowledge of cricket. If You can find books by either of them they are well worth the read. They also wrote a book together that I hope to read soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by foxymfc
    I am reading Many a slip by Gideon Haigh.

    It is a really good account of a club cricket season. I am sure that most club cricketers could relate to most of it.
    Yes a funny read May just be the best cricket writer around at the moment

    If you like that one, you may also enjoy Any Old Eleven by Jim Young and/or Confessions of a thirteenth man by John Harms.

    Both have a link with Gideon Haigh the first he writes a forward for, and the 2nd he features in, as he is a mate of Harms

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