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You do not have to be a cricket fan to thoroughly enjoy this book. Angus Bell makes his way across Central and Eastern Europe, playing cricket with teams from across the continent. He has a real knack for story telling and makes this a thoroughly absorbing, hilarious, exuberant romp through some very dodgy places. The book is filled with pictures form his travels which further brings alive the various characters he meets on this hilarious journey of cricket and discovery.
On the advice of a Canadian psychic, Scotsman Angus Bell sets off in a Skoda to uncover a cricketing world across Central and Eastern Europe. From tournaments on ice in Estonia to university leagues in the crumbling Crimea; from a Croatian military island to communist Belarus, Slavs are playing the Englishman’s game.
With fingerless “Tamil Tigers” in Prague, a bomb plotter in the Austrian Alps, Mafiosos and an MI6 agent making the teamsheets, 24- year-old Angus soon discovers the shadowy side of Slavic cricket. He becomes the first man to hit a ball between continents, and ends up captain of an international team. Between games, he is pursued by KGB and seeks emergency treatment from a Romanian dentist. His passengers include a Guatemalan anarchist, a Ukrainian chicken, and an Irish tobacco farmer.
Slogging the Slavs is a unique traveller’s tale, taking the reader 8,000 miles through Turkish drug busts, border bribes and Sarajevo graveyards. It redefines the spirit of cricket, and will make the game’s most sworn enemy a fan.
|Publication date:||29th November 2006|
|Publisher:||Fat Controller Media|
“Weird and wonderful… one of the maddest, most enterprising cricket tours of all time”
Lawrence Booth, The Guardian
“Bill Bryson meets Jack Kerouac, peppered with Judith Chalmers… Priceless” All Out Cricket
“A hilarious journey filled with bonkers characters, strange locations and, most of all, lots and lots of wickets” Boys Toys Magazine
Angus Bell is a 26-year old Scotsman with a First-Class Degree in English, Flying Saucers and Space Studies. He has visited 38 countries, and has written for the South African Sunday Times, Inside Sport in Australia, the US Student Traveler, Cricinfo in India, The Wisden Cricketer, Fat Controller Magazine and All Out Cricket.He now plays cricket in Montreal, Canada, where he lives with his girlfriend Candy and pet rabbit Usagi.More About Angus Bell