Matthew Engel - Author

About the Author

Matthew Engel was a journalist at the Guardian newspaper for nearly twenty-five years. During that time he reported on wars, elections, the fall of the Berlin Wall and countless major sporting events, ranging from three Olympic Games to the world tiddlywinks championships. He now writes the least fiscally aware column in the Financial Times and is editor of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. He lives in Herefordshire with his wife and daughter.

Featured books by Matthew Engel

Engel's England Thirty-Nine Counties, One Capital and One Man

Engel's England Thirty-Nine Counties, One Capital and One Man

Author: Matthew Engel Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/06/2015

England, says Matthew Engel, is the most complicated place in the world. And, as he travels through each of the historic English counties, he discovers that's just the start of it. Every county is fascinating, the product of a millennium or more of history: still a unique slice of a nation that has not quite lost its ancient diversity. He finds the well-dressers of Derbyshire and the pyromaniacs of Sussex; the Hindus and huntsmen of Leicestershire; the goddess-worshippers of Somerset. He tracks down the real Lancashire, hedonistic Essex, and the most mysterious house in Middlesex. In Durham he goes straight from choral evensong to the dog track. As he seeks out the essence of each county - from Yorkshire's broad acres to the microdot of Rutland - Engel always finds the unexpected . Engel's England is a totally original look at a confused country: a guidebook for people who don't think they need a guidebook. It is always quirky, sometimes poignant and often extremely funny.

Other books by Matthew Engel

WHAT Did You Say Stopped Play? 25 Years of the Wisden Chronicle

WHAT Did You Say Stopped Play? 25 Years of the Wisden Chronicle

Author: Matthew Engel Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

It's normal for rain to stop play in cricket. But that's not all: flying objects, passing dictators, animals of all kinds including a very improbable tiger - they have all had the same effect. But even when the game keeps going, cricket is a magnet for the weird and wonderful. For the past quarter-century the Chronicle section of Wisden has been collecting the most remarkable events in the game: the eccentric, the extraordinary and the excruciatingly funny. This is the cricket that reference books would normally ignore, from the village greens of England to the back alleys of Asia. This selection is about Tendulkar-worshippers and angry neighbours; about scoring a thousand and being all out for nought. There are politicians and protesters; celebs and streakers; judges and jobsworths ... and batsmen who really do murder the bowlers.

That's The Way It Crumbles The American Conquest of the English Language

That's The Way It Crumbles The American Conquest of the English Language

Author: Matthew Engel Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2018

Are we tired of hearing that fall is a season, sick of being offered fries and told about the latest movie? Yeah. Have we noticed the sly interpolation of Americanisms into our everyday speech? You betcha. And are we outraged? Hell, yes. But do we do anything? Too much hassle. Until now. In That's The Way It Crumbles Matthew Engel presents a call to arms against the linguistic impoverishment that happens when one language dominates another. With dismay and wry amusement, he traces the American invasion of our language from the early days of the New World, via the influence of Edison, the dance hall and the talkies, right up to the Apple and Microsoft-dominated present day, and explores the fate of other languages trying to fend off linguistic takeover bids. It is not the Americans' fault, more the result of their talent for innovation and our own indifference. He explains how America's cultural supremacy affects British gestures, celebrations and way of life, and how every paragraph and conversation includes words the British no longer even think of as Americanisms. Part battle cry, part love song, part elegy, this book celebrates the strange, the banal, the precious and the endangered parts of our uncommon common language.

Engel's England Thirty-Nine Counties, One Capital and One Man

Engel's England Thirty-Nine Counties, One Capital and One Man

Author: Matthew Engel Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/06/2015

England, says Matthew Engel, is the most complicated place in the world. And, as he travels through each of the historic English counties, he discovers that's just the start of it. Every county is fascinating, the product of a millennium or more of history: still a unique slice of a nation that has not quite lost its ancient diversity. He finds the well-dressers of Derbyshire and the pyromaniacs of Sussex; the Hindus and huntsmen of Leicestershire; the goddess-worshippers of Somerset. He tracks down the real Lancashire, hedonistic Essex, and the most mysterious house in Middlesex. In Durham he goes straight from choral evensong to the dog track. As he seeks out the essence of each county - from Yorkshire's broad acres to the microdot of Rutland - Engel always finds the unexpected . Engel's England is a totally original look at a confused country: a guidebook for people who don't think they need a guidebook. It is always quirky, sometimes poignant and often extremely funny.

I'm Getting a Bad Reception: Confessions of an (occasional) Wedding DJ

I'm Getting a Bad Reception: Confessions of an (occasional) Wedding DJ

Author: Matthew Engel Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2008

You see them in the corner at weddings, spinning the platters that matter, making the bride and groom happy, they are they DJ. There are many good 'How to' books on being a DJ. This is not one of them. This is the true story of a mobile wedding DJ from Northern Lower Michigan who started from scratch and is still scratching. I'M GETTING A BAD RECEPTION takes you down the rollicking road on how I became a DJ, the perils and pitfalls I encountered along the way as well as some interesting and humorous people and stories thrown in for good measure. The first section is how I got my act together and took it on the road. The second section takes you step by step from my experience at playing for the ceremony, all the way to the end of the night. No party animals were harmed in the making of this publication.

Cheaper Than Therapy

Cheaper Than Therapy

Author: Matthew Engel Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/06/2006

Cheaper than therapy is the true story of a naive, sheltered young man from the northern suburbs of Detroit. The young man bobs and weaves his way through high school, and decides to go to college with all the forthought that goes into buying a candy bar at Walmart. Follow the author through those heady days of high school, including the first car, the first job, and a round or two with old John Barleycorn. His spur of the moment decision to go to college, finds him getting in over his head in the shark infested waters of academia, with some humorous misadventures along the way. During his college years he lands a job at a summer camp that changes his life forever. Follow him on a journey that takes him back to that very same camp, to have closure for an accident on a fateful day in July 1981. Cheaper than therapy is a labor of love. It is the author's baby, which took 25 years to deliver.

Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2006

Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2006

Author: Matthew Engel Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/04/2006

WISDEN HAS RECORDED 143 SUMMERS, BUT NEVER ONE LIKE THIS Wisden 2006 has more feature articles and more colour pictures than ever before, plus a special section on the 2005 Ashes. Top writers include Gideon Haigh, Steve James, Clement Freud, Ed Smith, Kevin Mitchell, Quentin Letts, David Frith, Francis Wheen, Angus Fraser, plus * Paul Hayward on cricket's first rock star * Simon Barnes on the Freddiad * The Analyst on how England won * Mark Taylor on Australia's defeat * John Woodcock's Ashes reflections * Derek Pringle on the post-match beer And Wisden answers the questions: Who are the teams of the decade? Who are Flantiff and Vorner? Who is the Leading Cricketer in the World? Wisden: the essential companion for every follower of cricket.

Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2005

Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2005

Author: Matthew Engel Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2005

The 142nd edition of the world's most famous sports book emerges in sprightly mood, and, with full reports of England's eventful tour of South Africa, it is more up-to-date than any previous Wisden. Wisden 2005 explains how the mighty confusion of Indian TV bankrolls the game. One great Australian, Richie Benaud, pays homage to another, Keith Miller. And there is a full history of chucking controversies, reports on South Africans' lingering love affair with Hansie Cronje and, from Sri Lanka, how cricket rose to the challenge of the terrible tsunami. And there are full reports of an amazing cricketing year: the world records for Brian Lara, Murali and Shane Warne, and coverage of every match of England's astonishing winning sequence that took them from Jamaica to Johannesburg - and a dozen Test victories - in just ten months. Elsewhere Wisden brings news of the ground where it hasn't rained in 15 years, the brothel that caters solely for professional cricketers and how an electric buggy, a TV camera and 15 hot air balloons stopped play. And there's an interview with cricket's most famous Slovak goalkeeper.All this - and much more - makes Wisden Cricketers' Almanack the essential companion for every follower of cricket.

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