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10 thoughts on “And God Created Cricket

  1. says:

    A reasonably comprehensive history of cricket littered with terrible jokes that made this a slog or I suppose, to use aapt phrasing, the equivalent of repeatedly bowling the same ball outside off stump in the knowledge that it will get the wicket eventually to get through.


  2. says:

    I eventually enjoyed this book very much I have a lot of respect for Simon Hughes s knowledge of the game and have enjoyed his previous books He can write very well, and when he does he is interesting, insightful and amusing as he is pretty consistently in the latter two thirds of this bookThe problem came for me in the first hundred or so pages which are liberally sprinkled in fact I would say seriously infested with silliness which isn t nearly as funny as it thinks it is Here s a rando I eventually enjoyed this book very much I have a lot of respect for Simon Hughes s knowledge of the game and have enjoyed his previous books He can write very well, and when he does he is interesting, insightful and amusing as he is pretty consistently in the latter two thirds of this bookThe problem came for me in the first hundred or so pages which are liberally sprinkled in fact I would say seriously infested with silliness which isn t nearly as funny as it thinks it is Here s a random sample of an interesting little nugget, ruined for me by the subsequent joke complete with exclamation mark C B Fry also developed a fascination with the Nazis and once spent an hour chatting to Hitler, trying, and failing, to persuade him to form a cricket team He spent so long explaining the lbw law it drove Germany into invading Poland The Second World War was all C B Fry s fault There s a limit to how much of this I can take, but there was enough good stuff to keep me going shortly after this, for example, there are several really fine, insightful and flippancy free paragraphs on Frank Woolley, his possible similarity to David Gower and what it was like bowling to Gower.Fortunately, the tom foolery peters out as Hughes begins to talk about things he really knows and cares about from about the 1920s onward and the final 200 pages or so are full of insight, analysis and really interesting and amusing anecdotes His accounts of the Bodyline and D Oliviera affairs are simply excellent, for example, and he draws brilliant portraits of some of the greats of the game.Overall, a very good book and well worth reading for anyone interested in cricket just be prepared to negotiate a wayward opening spell


  3. says:

    If you are looking for the definitive book on how cricket developed into the game we know today, then you need to read A Social History of English Cricket by Derek Birley John Major s More Than a Game is another good book although he does take a few political digs at his opponents that have nothing to do with cricket If you just want to know just enough about cricket so you do not look stupid in the pub when there is a Test Match on the TV and enjoy some serious belly laughs then The If you are looking for the definitive book on how cricket developed into the game we know today, then you need to read A Social History of English Cricket by Derek Birley John Major s More Than a Game is another good book although he does take a few political digs at his opponents that have nothing to do with cricket If you just want to know just enough about cricket so you do not look stupid in the pub when there is a Test Match on the TV and enjoy some serious belly laughs then The Bluffer s Guide to Cricket is a very good and very short read and the book for you.In this book, Simon Hughes known to many as the analyst on Channel 5 s cricket commentary team finds the common ground between a serious study of the origins and development of cricket and a very funny and entertaining book To be fair this is actuallythe serious study of the history of cricket that I m sure Hughes intended, with a few jokes thrown in This is actually almost as thorough in the details as John Major s work and would make an ideal starting point before reading Major s book and finally reading Birley s tome.To any cricket fans out there I would say this is pretty much a must read and thoroughly enjoyably Hughes writes in a style that is easy to follow as his autobiographical book A Lot of Hard Yakka which I would also recommend demonstrates I will now ensure that my library of cricket books is not missing anything written by Simon Hughes


  4. says:

    This was the second Kindle book I purchased, the Kindle store currently being very light on cricket books However I wasn t disappointed.Simon takes us through a history of cricket in an educating and enjoyable way I only have two complaints and these are what cost the star is that the book starts and every anecdote is finished with a one line gag and usually related to soccer either this stopped a couple of chapters in or it ceased to annoy me The other is that as I guess is to be expect This was the second Kindle book I purchased, the Kindle store currently being very light on cricket books However I wasn t disappointed.Simon takes us through a history of cricket in an educating and enjoyable way I only have two complaints and these are what cost the star is that the book starts and every anecdote is finished with a one line gag and usually related to soccer either this stopped a couple of chapters in or it ceased to annoy me The other is that as I guess is to be expected there feels a lot of pages in a history book devoted to the last 10 years, and especially the 2005, 07 an 09 Ashes series.Other than that defiantly a book I look forward to dipping into and out of again Good stuff


  5. says:

    Another engaging cricketing read from Simon Hughes, who always manages to spin interesting cricketing tales that are sprinkled with his dry wit.In this book, he rattles through 700 years of the history of cricket, covering the invention of the game, how and where it spread, introducing us to some of the stand out legendary characters, reviewing some of the highs and lows of the sport, never letting you feel like he s gone on too long, but equally never making you feel he is being too sparse with Another engaging cricketing read from Simon Hughes, who always manages to spin interesting cricketing tales that are sprinkled with his dry wit.In this book, he rattles through 700 years of the history of cricket, covering the invention of the game, how and where it spread, introducing us to some of the stand out legendary characters, reviewing some of the highs and lows of the sport, never letting you feel like he s gone on too long, but equally never making you feel he is being too sparse with detail If you don t like cricket, or don t even know what cricket is, it s probably not the book for you If you do, read it


  6. says:

    This is a humourous history of cricket from right back in its early beginnings It sounds a little like a cricket version of Bill Bryson, and is very worth a read for any cricket fan Even a die hard fan will likely be surprised at some of the information in there For me, finding out the origins of such terms as stumps, wicket, etc was very interesting It contains a wonderful cast of cricket characters, and while at times Hughes s humour feels a little forced overall it was a very enjoyable r This is a humourous history of cricket from right back in its early beginnings It sounds a little like a cricket version of Bill Bryson, and is very worth a read for any cricket fan Even a die hard fan will likely be surprised at some of the information in there For me, finding out the origins of such terms as stumps, wicket, etc was very interesting It contains a wonderful cast of cricket characters, and while at times Hughes s humour feels a little forced overall it was a very enjoyable read


  7. says:

    A gloriously readable, informative, witty and laugh out loud funny in places history of the wonderful game of cricket It should be required reading for all fans of the gentleman s game and for all those with any interest in it whatsoever Marvellous


  8. says:

    A lovely meander through this history of cricket Simon Hughes stops off at his favourite as well as the key moments in English cricket history I managed to get this finished just before the 2010 11 Ashes series began and it certainly got me evenin the mood


  9. says:

    Hughes is an innovator of the sport and his book shows he is greeted by the same old rhetoric the game isn t what it used to be, the fact is it isn t, but cricket at the pace of the New Zealand test batting line up moves at a slow pace with the times.


  10. says:

    Absolootly great my Moom could have love this book A very nice insight into the history of cricket and hw it has developed into what we see now A must read for all cricket fans.


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And God Created Cricket Cricket Defines Englishness Like No Other National Pastime From Its Earliest Origins In The Sixteenth Century Or An Early Version Played By Shepherds Called Creag In The S , Through The Formation Of The MCC And The Opening Of Lord S Cricket Ground In , To The Spread Of County Cricket In The Next Century, When The Wisden Cricketers Almanack Was First Published And The Ashes Series Was Born, This Simple Sport Of Bat And Ball Has Captured The Imagination Of The MassesThroughout Its Year History, Cricket Has Been A Mirror For Society As A Whole, Reflecting The Changes That Have Brought Us From The Quintessential Village Green To Freddie Flintoff S Pedalo, From W G Grace To Monty Panesar, Via A Fair Number Of Eccentrics, Heroes And Downright VillainsWilliam Hill Award Winning Writer Simon Hughes, No Mean Player Himself, Has Lived And Breathed Cricket His Whole Life And Now Takes His Analytical Skills And Typically Irreverent Eye To Charting The History Of English Cricket But This Is No Dry, Dusty Tome It Is The Story Of The Mad Characters Who Inhabit The Game, The Extraordinary Lengths People Will Go To To Watch And Play It, The Tale Of A National Obsession It Debunks The Myth Of Cricket Sportsmanship, Showing The Origins Of Sledging And Match Fixing In Centuries Of Subterfuge, Corruption And Violence And It Takes Us Beyond Sport, To The Heart Of What It Really Means To Be English