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Cricket does strange things to you. It is a team game that is almost entirely dependent on individual performance. Its combination of time, opportunity, and the constant threat of disaster can drive its participants to despair. To survive a single delivery propelled at almost one hundred miles an hour takes the body and brain to the edges of their capabilities, yet its abiding image is of the gentle village green, and the glorious absurdities of the amateur game.

In The Meaning of Cricket, Jon Hotten attempts to understand this fascinating, frustrating and complex sport. Blending legendary players, from Vivian Richards to Mark Ramprakash, Kevin Pietersen to Ricky Ponting, with his own cricketing story, he explores the funny, moving and melancholic impact the game can have on an individual life.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2534 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (7 July 2016)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B019CGXXOM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled

Customer Reviews

An absolute pleasure, makes me wish I played the game.

 on 13 August 2016
By Jonny S
I’ve been a fan of Jon Hotten’s ever since I stumbled across the Old Batsman blog a few years back.

A delightful book… "Times" review in late …

 on 15 August 2016
By dra.n.cade
A delightful book… “Times” review in late July doent do it justice.

Cricket writing at its best

 on 21 November 2016
By Clovis26
One of the best cricket books I’ve read in a long time. Jon Hotten is a lovely, elegant writer, who captures the greatness of cricket at all levels, from the team mate who dreamt of hitting his first ball for six, and perished every time, to what goes through the mind of the pro when facing 90mph bowling.

Would make a really good Xmas present for a cricket fanatic

 on 16 August 2017
By Maggie
What a find – many, many anecdotes. Would make a really good Xmas present for a cricket fanatic!!

Great book for any cricket fan

 on 12 January 2018
By Amazon Customer
Great book, great read. If you enjoy cricket you’ll enjoy this book.

A must-read for fan and newcomer alike.

 on 8 July 2018
By Jack Ford
Perfect. An elegy to cricket. Romantic, informative, entertaining.

Five Stars

 on 2 January 2018
By Heather Flaherty
Excellent

Not Out !

 on 2 August 2016
By Dr Barry Clayton
Hotten loves cricket as I do. He was a very promising schoolboy player. His book is beautifully written and there are some jewels in its pages. The author regales us with facts about how much willow is used to make a bat, the type of willow, the legal width of a bat, the composition of the ball, the true length of a pitch when facing deliveries at over ninety miles an hour. He relates how the game is an obsession in India while in Ausralia it is embeded in the national psyche.

Five Stars

 on 28 September 2016
By Claire Cole
Perfect condition – perfect present for cricket fan.

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 on 19 August 2017
By Laney
bought for my husband who is enjoying it and that takes quite a bit of doing, he has so many cricket books it is always hard to buy something for him
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