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Winner of the Cricket Writers' Club Book of the Year 2016
Shortlisted for the MCC Book of the Year
Shortlisted for Cricket Book of the Year at the Sports Book Awards

Scyld Berry draws on his experiences as a cricket writer of forty years to produce new insights and unfamiliar historical angles on the game, along with moving reflections on episodes from his own life.

The author covers a range of themes including cricket in different areas of the world, and abstract concepts such as language, numbers, ethics and psychology; Scyld Berry relishes the joys cricket provides and is convinced of the positive effect it can have in people's lives.

Cricket: The Game of Life is an inspiring book that reminds readers why they love the game and prompts them to look at it in a new way.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4812 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (10 Sept. 2015)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00W1SXT9S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

A Good Read

One person found this helpful.
 on 18 April 2017
By StephenFH
Every reason to celebrate says the front of the book and certainly it is impressive in both its scope and detail. The author’s ‘net’ on the game was in the 1960s when John Arlott was the voice of cricket; a man known for his sympathy for the ‘county pro’ and who wrote of his abiding nostalgia for the domestic circuit when he retired in 1980. Those at the top of the game have moved a long way since then and in its own way this book shows just how far.

Recommend to all those who think like me

 on 17 August 2017
By zimbers
Fab read. Brought back so many memories.

Five Stars

 on 3 August 2017
By Liz G.
Superb book by a superb writer.

Not just for those with a passion for cricket

One person found this helpful.
 on 28 December 2015
By Chrisbadger
A fascinating book, beautifully written and packed with thoroughly researched information. The title could so easily have been ‘WHYZAT?!, as it’s so informative about the evolution of the game, and life in general at the time.

Five Stars

 on 16 August 2017
By Peter Danby
A fascinating study and insight into our great game.

Cricket: The game of life:

 on 22 October 2017
By B H Grundy
I am a cricket supporter and read Scyld Berry regularly. Very interesting book full of good information.

Four Stars

 on 6 June 2017
By Gib
Cricket history and so much else

A very good read.

 on 2 August 2017
By Roy Walters
Very informative. A very good read.

Original and compelling

3 people found this helpful.
 on 4 December 2015
By sportsbookofthemonth
Reading former Wisden editor Scyld Berry on cricket is akin to watching a particularly dextrous potter at his wheel, skilfully moulding and caressing his raw materials, in Berry’s case, the English language, to produce something of lasting beauty. Mr Berry has been writing about the game he loves for more than four decades, but I doubt he’s written anything better than Cricket: The Game of Life, an imaginative, engrossing study of how cricket developed and why millions of people enjoy playing and watching it.

This is more than just a history of cricket. …

One person found this helpful.
 on 15 August 2017
By Southside John
This is more than just a history of cricket. Scyld Berry has produced a book about cricket but, in each chapter deaing with the key test playing countries, taking the game as a starting point develops links between cricket and a broader social history. The chapters on the development of cricket in India and the West Indies, and the impact of British rule and slavery, are particularly interesting.
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