Batting on the Bosphorus: A Liquor-Fueled Cricket Tour Through Eastern Europe

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Greystone Books, Jan 6, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 352 pages
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Angus Bell is innocently working in the Montreal magazine industry when, taking advantage of a psychic’s vision, he sets off to discover the secret cricketing world of Eastern Europe. From tournaments on ice in Estonia to university leagues in the crumbling Crimea, and from a Croatian military island to communist Belarus, Bell learns how Slavs play the Englishman’s game. Encounters with fingerless Tamil Tigers in Prague, a bomb-plotter in the Austrian Alps, a Guatemalan anarchist, and an MI6 agent making out lineup cards reveal the shadowy side of Slavic cricket. But nothing can stop Bell from playing the game or even becoming the captain of an international team. Between matches, he’s pursued by the KGB, becomes embroiled in a drug bust on the Midnight Express, and needs emergency treatment from a Romanian dentist. This boisterous traveler’s tale redefines the spirit of cricket, converting even sworn enemies of the game into avid fans.

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User Review  - iftyzaidi - LibraryThing

This is an amusing and often outrageous account of Angus Bell's travels across Eastern Europe in a quest to play cricket in the unlikeliest of locales. His ultimate goals: to score a century against ... Read full review

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User Review  - dorisdayrules - LibraryThing

Oh dear. This began on an extremely promising premise - a cricket tour of eastern europe, prompted by a visit to a psychic and the first few chapters where moderately amusing. Then the tedium set in ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Angus Bell is a twenty-seven-year-old whisky-swilling Scotsman with a first-class degree in English, Flying Saucers, and Space Studies. He has visited forty countries, and has written for the South African Sunday Times, Inside Sport in Australia, the US Student Traveller, Cricinfo in India and The Wisden Cricketer in the UK. He lives in Montreal.

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