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Berkmann's Cricketing Miscellany

Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year Awards, 2020

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349145129

Price: £9.99

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Marcus Berkmann, author of the cricket classics Rain Men and Zimmer Men, returns to the great game with this irresistible miscellany of cricketing trivia, stories and more fascinating facts than Geoffrey Boycott could shake a stick of rhubarb at. Which England captain smoked two million cigarettes in his lifetime? Which Australian captain, asked what his favourite animal was, said ‘Merv Hughes’? What did Hitler think of cricket? Which National Hunt trainer had a dog called Sobers? Who was described in his obituary as ‘perhaps the only unequivocally popular man in Yorkshire’?

No other sport is so steeped in oddness and eccentricity. There’s the only Test player ever to be executed for murder, the only first-class cricketer to die on the Titanic, and the only bestselling author to catch fire while playing at Lord’s. (It was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The ball hit a box of matches in his pocket.) All cricket is here, including an XI entirely made up of players who share their names with freshwater fish.

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Fantastic stories
Radio Times
This is charming stuff from a writer who has not lost a certain boyish delight in the game or its myths and legends, but he varies the light with some sensitively drawn shade . . . the book serves as a wonderful prop for woollen jumper wearers this summer as they wait for yet another rain delay to pass
Jack Blackburn, The Times
Anyone with the slightest knowledge of the game is likely to find Berkmann's Cricketing Miscellany extremely funny. The book has a confident, but slightly eccentric organisation, giving it the dreamy atmosphere of a sun-dazed game at one of the more beautiful venues
Country Life
Rather like your perfect cricket tea, comes Marcus Berkmann's fabulous book: well, not so much a book, more an Aladdin's cave of trivia, quizzes Test match reports and some of the best writing about cricket and cricketers you will find . . . full of the kit you have always wanted and stuff you never knew you had. Carry this with you at all times to the match, any match, in case of that dreaded rain break . . . There are riches on every page . . . go and buy this magical book. It's almost as much fun as scoring a century. Almost
Roger Alton, Daily Mail
The essential Christmas gift for all cricket-lovers
Like your best-ever cricket tea, this wonderful book is jam-packed with treats and goodies, trivia, quotes, cartoons and fabulous fun-filled facts about the summer game. The perfect companion to help while away these winter nights . . . The whole thing is magical
Daily Mail
A delightful assemblage of pearls of wisdom and trivia
Nick Pitt, Sunday Times
An alternative Wisden, and the perfect thing to have in your kit bag for when rajn stops play
The Bookseller
Berkmann brings the dogged romanticism of the village green to this hugely enjoyable smorgasbord of gossip, anecdote and celebration of the sport's legends
Sebastian Faulks, Sunday Times
A crickipedia! Marcus Berkmann has stories about them all . . . I suspect we shall all be giving one another this book for Christmas
Francis Wheen, Mail on Sunday