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Jon Hotten
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The Meaning of Cricket

Jon Hotten


Random House

Sports & outdoor recreation;


240 pages

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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.

By:   Jon Hotten
Imprint:   Random House
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 204mm,  Width: 138mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   329g
ISBN:   9780224100182
ISBN 10:   0224100181
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   October 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jon Hotten is the author of four books, including Muscle and The Years Of The Locust, and writes the popular cricket blog The Old Batsman. He co-wrote the award-winning documentary Death Of A Gentleman, and his collaboration with the former England bowler Simon Jones, The Test, won the Wisden Almanack's Book Of The Year award in 2016.

Memory and meditation twirled into a lovesong: Jon Hotten hits it out of the park -- William Fiennes Hotten is not just good, he is one of the best... He has the eye for a beautifully judged phrase -- Richard Whitehead Cricketer An eccentric mix of anecdote, personal memoir, historical observation, technical analysis and psychological insight. -- Matthew Syed The Times Simultaneously playful and packed with insight ... All cricketing life is here... Hotten's writing is accessible and often moving -- Ben East Observer A beautifully written meditation on the joys of summer and the tricks played by memory on the ageing sportsman. Humane and dryly humorous. -- Tom Holland Evening Standard, Book of the Year

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