Cricket, Lovely Cricket?: An Addict's Guide to the World's Most Exasperating Game

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Yellow Jersey Press, 2008 - Cricket - 242 pages
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Cricket, Lovely Cricket is a sports book with a difference. It is an original and engaging journey around the perennially curious world of cricket, leaving no metaphorical leg-break unturned and peering at the game from every conceivable angle. Fittingly, for a sport that can last up to five days without a result, Cricket, Lovely Cricket is rambling but probing, humorous but insightful, sweeping but reflective. It is underpinned by the essential - and slightly frightening - truth that cricket does not actually matter at all, yet continually finds itself relating the game to the wider world. By examining what cricket tells us about the nations who spend vast chunks of their existence fretting over the fate of a small red ball, it attempts to get to the heart of a sport that seems more capable than any other of bewitching its followers. Full of stories, observations, jokes and whimsy, this book is a captivating look at the way in which the game has become what it is today - and what, given a fair wind, it might be like in the future.

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About the author (2008)

Lawrence Booth writes about cricket for the Guardian, the Sunday Times and Wisden. He has written two previous books, Armball to Zooter: A Sideways Look at the Language of Cricket, and Cricket: Celebrating the Modern Game Around the World. He lives in London.

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