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Barry Norman's Book of Cricket by Barry Norman
  

Barry Norman's Book of Cricket

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Barry Norman’s second passion, after film, is cricket and he has lovingly brought together facts and figures, anecdotes and history and much, much more about one of the nation’s favourite sports. A must for any lover of cricket, perfect for dipping in to and a great gift for introducing someone to the wonders of the game.

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Barry Norman's Book of Cricket by Barry Norman

Calling all cricket fans: settle back in a deckchair, pour yourself a refreshing pint of hoppy English ale, and prepare to savour summer’s timeless symphony of leather on willow in the congenial company of Barry Norman (not just one of Britain’s best-loved broadcasters, but also a self-confessed cricket obsessive – ‘Cricket is my great passion, right up there with the movies!’).

Barry Norman’s Book of Cricket delivers a wealth of information about every aspect of the world’s most popular summer game: how its rules developed from its 18th-century beginnings; its pre-World War I ‘golden age’ and international expansion in step with the onward march of Britain’s empire; the growth of test match cricket (and of Anglo- Australian ‘Ashes’ rivalry in particular); the emergence of the English county championship and of Australia’s state competition; profiles of great players past and present; the modern phenomenon of one-day cricket and the cricket World Cup; legendary matches (from attritional test match classics to limited-overs thrillers); cricket crises and controversies (from Bodyline to Muralitharan and from chucking to sledging); bizarre facts and records; cricket’s rich and intriguing vocabulary of words
and phrases (from Yorker to doosra); memorable cricket quotes (including, of course, ‘the bowler’s Holding, the batsman’s Willey’). And beyond this sumptuous feast of cricket history, facts and feats – enlivened by anecdotes, jokes, quotes and quizzes – Barry Norman’s Book of Cricket provides practical guidance on how to become a cricketer.

Elegantly designed, gorgeously illustrated, and wryly but affectionately written by an author with a genuine passion for and deep knowledge of the game, Barry Norman’s Book of Cricket is a cricket book for all seasons, presented in the same style and spirit as Quercus’s best-selling Bumper Book of Football. , it looks set to be the must-have cricket book of 2009.

About the Author

Barry Norman fell hopelessly in love with cricket while watching England play Australia in a victory test match at Lord’s in 1945. Despite a long flirtation with cinema (he presented BBC1’s Film programme from 1972 until 1998), he has remained true to his oldest flame ever since. As a member of the Lord’s Taverners, he has played with and against some of the great names of the game (including Ian Botham and Dennis Lillee). He was once the proud scorer of 1 not out in a match at the Kennington Oval.

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Book Info

Publication date

28th May 2009

Author

Barry Norman

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Author's Website

www.pickleodeon.co.uk/

Publisher

Quercus Publishing Plc

Format

Hardback

Categories

Sport from the Armchair


ISBN

9781847248442

Publisher Profile

Quercus Publishing Plc is an imprint of Quercus

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Starting out in a small office in Dorset Street, London, the company quickly expanded, producing best sellers with each of its first two titles, Universe and Speeches that Changed the World.

As well as winning awards for their books Quercus also won Small Publisher of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards and the PLUS New Company fo the Year in the Fast Growth Business Awards.

Publisher's Website

www.quercusbooks.co.uk

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