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WINNER OF THE CRICKET BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD AT THE CROSS BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS 2017 WINNER OF THE MCC/CRICKET SOCIETY'S BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2017 Mark Nicholas, the face of Channel 5's Cricket on Five and anchor for Channel 9's Test commentary team in Australia, has a unique knowledge and perspective on the world of cricket. As both a former player and now a professional observer and commentator on the game, he knows all the key figures of the sport and has witnessed first-hand some of cricket's greatest moments. His book is a personal account of the game as he's seen and experienced it across the globe. From epic test matches and titans of the game like Lara, Warne and Tendulkar, to his own childhood love for the sport, Mark gives us his informed, personal and fascinating views on cricket - the world's other beautiful game.
Mark Nicholas, anchor for Channel Nine's commentary team in Australia and Channel 5's Cricket on Five show in the UK, has a unique knowledge of and perspective on the game around the world. As both a former player and now a professional observer and commentator, he knows all the key figures in the sport and has witnessed first-hand some of cricket's greatest moments. His book is a passionate, personal and deeply insightful account of the game he's been so close to throughout his life. Informed by Mark's own experiences and observations, and filled with wonderful anecdotes, larger than life characters and an extraordinary breadth of cricket knowledge, it shows exactly why cricket really is the world's beautiful game. 'This book brings out Mark's wonderful knowledge and infectious passion for cricket - two of the things that make listening to him and reading him so enjoyable.' SHANE WARNE 'A Beautiful Game is a page turner and there can be no higher praise than that. Mark's craft as a writer, with his sharp eye for detail and keen sense of humour, shines throughout.' SIR MICHAEL PARKINSON 'Vision, knowledge, enthusiasm: three of the attributes that give Mark authority and respect. The book reflects his passion for the game, and it's his ability to tell the stories that makes it so special. It's a great read.' MICHAEL VAUGHAN 'A love letter to cricket marked by incident, insight and all the craft of one of the best and most likeable figures of our times.' STEPHEN FRY 'Mark has been a powerful salesman for the game on television. He has brought that same passion...to his thoughtful and entertaining book.' IAN CHAPPELL 'I loved it. If I was buying one cricket book this year, it would be A Beautiful Game.' WASIM AKRAM
Mark Nicholas, anchor for Channel 9's Test commentary team in Australia and Channel 5's Cricket on Five show in the UK, has a unique knowledge and perspective on the world game of cricket. As both a former player and now a professional observer and commentator on the game he knows all the key figures of the sport and has witnessed first-hand some of cricket's greatest moments. His book is a personal account of the game as he's seen and experienced it across the globe. From epic test matches to titans of the game like Lara, Warne and Tendulkar, to his own childhood love for the sport, Mark gives us his informed, personal and fascinating views on cricket - the world's other beautiful game.
Scyld Berry draws on his experiences as a cricket writer of forty years to produce new insights and unfamiliar historical angles on the game, along with moving reflections on episodes from his own life. The author covers a range of themes including cricket in different areas of the world, and abstract concepts such as language, numbers, ethics and psychology; Scyld Berry relishes the joys cricket provides and is convinced of the positive effect it can have in people's lives. Cricket: The Game of Life is an inspiring book that reminds readers why they love the game and prompts them to look at it in a new way.
It's one thing to be 14 years old and a loser. It's one thing to be the class swot, and hopelessly infatuated with someone who doesn't know you exist. But what kind of teenager is besotted with an entire sports team – when the players are even bigger losers than she is? In 1993, while everyone else was learning Oasis lyrics and crushing on Kate Moss or Keanu, Emma John was obsessing over the England cricket team. She spent her free time making posters of the players she adored. She spent her pocket money on Panini stickers of them, and followed their progress with a single-mindedness that bordered on the psychopathic. The primary object of her affection: Michael Atherton, a boyishly handsome captain who promised to lead his young troops to glory. But what followed was one of the worst sporting streaks of all time – a decade of frustration, dismay and comically bungling performances that made the English cricket team a byword for British failure. Nearly a quarter of a century on, Emma John wants to know why she spent her teenage years defending such a bunch of no-hopers. She seeks out her childhood heroes with two questions: why did they never win? And why on earth did she love them so much?
With riotous stories of life on England tours, partying with Ian Botham and Elton John, combined with a moving account of his battle with mental-health issues, Graeme Fowler's Absolutely Foxed is a cricket memoir unlike any other. Seen by many as a maverick, happy-go-lucky figure, Fowler became a hugely influential coach, and is one of the most original thinkers about the game. He's battled and won against the best spinners in India, and the fastest bowlers from the West Indies - he's even found himself at the centre of a tabloid storm. In this book, he looks back over his 40 years in the professional game, spending 16 years on the county circuit with Lancashire and Durham, and three years as an England international - a period that was cut short by a life-threatening injury. He followed that with a spell working on Test Match Special, before running the Durham Centre of Excellence for 18 years. Alastair Campbell provides an Afterword in which he commends Fowler's support for others suffering from mental-health problems; Fowler's own experiences should provide help and inspiration for those dealing with similar problems. In his Foreword, lifelong friend Sir Ian Botham describes Fowler as 'one of the gutsiest I ever encountered', but also points out how he 'made a dressing room tick'. Those elements of courage, knowledge and humour are all present in Absolutely Foxed - a truly unmissable read.

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