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No Spin

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Everyone knows the story, or thinks they do. The leg-spinner who rewrote the record books. One of Wisden's five cricketers of the 20th century. A sporting idol across the globe. A magnet for the tabloids. But the millions of words written and spoken about Shane Warne since his explosive arrival on the Test cricket scene in 1992 have only scratched the surface. The real story has remained untold.   In No Spin, Shane sets the record straight. From his extraordinary family history to his childhood as a budding Aussie Rules footballer in suburban Melbourne. From the legendary 'Gatting ball' to his history-making 700th Test wicket. From the controversy surrounding the diuretic pill in South Africa to his high-profile relationship with Hollywood star Elizabeth Hurley. Nothing is off limits, and Shane tackles it all with his trademark directness and humour.   These days an incisive, charismatic TV commentator and analyst, the 'Sultan of Spin' also lets us in on the mysterious art of leg-spin bowling, revealing the secrets of some of his deadliest deliveries. As Shane says, 'Few batsmen, if any, truly know what I do.'   A sporting great, a celebrity, a family man and a self-confessed regular Aussie bloke from the suburbs, in No Spin Shane offers a compelling insight into how a boy from Black Rock changed the face of cricket forever.

©2018 Shane Warne (P)2018 Penguin Random House Australia

Narrator: Rhys Muldoon
Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
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Pushing the Boundaries: Cricket in the Eighties


The '80s was a colourful period in English cricket. As a member of the most successful team in Essex's history and an England side capable of extraordinary highs and lows, Derek Pringle was lucky enough to be in the thick of it. Now, with the perspective of more than 20 years as a journalist, he lays bare the realities of life as a professional cricketer in a decade when the game was dominated by a cast of unforgettable characters whose exploits became front-page news.  Picked for the Test side while still an ear stud-wearing student at Cambridge, he was as surprised as anybody to find himself playing alongside the likes of David Gower, Allan Lamb and Phil Edmonds. He also had to contend with being hailed as the new Ian Botham, even though the old one was still going strong - and playing in the same team.  For England, it was a time of mixed fortunes, as Ashes victories alternated with humiliation by a dominant West Indies. The chop-and-change policy of the selectors - culminating in the summer of four captains in 1988 - made cricket such an insecure profession that some players chose to go on rebel tours of South Africa while others relished every opportunity the game provided - on and off the field.   The hard slog of domestic cricket, meanwhile, had never seen so much talent, with counties boasting overseas players like Viv Richards, Malcolm Marshall and Javed Miandad. A coach-free zone, it was left in the hands of canny old pros such as Keith Fletcher and John Lever, who guided Essex to multiple Championship and one-day successes.  But cricket was changing, and not necessarily for the better. By the end of the decade, as the new coaching culture established itself, it became clear that the days of the maverick cricketer were numbered. Few players ended the '80s wealthy, but as Derek Pringle's eye-opening memoir reveals, all left rich in experience, with enough stories to last a lifetime.

©2018 Derek Pringle (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Narrator: Stuart Nurse
Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
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Jimmy Anderson: Bowl. Sleep. Repeat.

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Ever wondered what it's like playing Test Cricket?  What really goes on tour and beyond the boundary rope? Here, for the first time, the world of a pro cricketer is revealed, and the man pulling back the dressing room curtains is one of England's greatest ever cricketers: James 'Jimmy' Anderson. 565 Test Wickets and counting. Written with Felix White - musician, cricket enthusiast and Anderson's co-host on BBC Five Live's phenomenally popular podcast Tailenders - Jimmy invites us all into his world of cricket. Full of test-match sized stories and 20/20 anecdotes, this book contains everything you've dreamed of asking a top cricketer. And Jimmy provides the answers and insights into this world on and off the pitch.  We tackle the big questions. And, importantly, the small ones: Do cricketers really watch Countdown instead of the Test whilst waiting to bat?  What are those conversations in the slip cordon? And what does he eat as a tailender?

©2019 Jimmy Anderson (P)2019 Octopus Publishing Group

Narrator: Paul Tyreman
Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
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The Dhoni Touch

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For more than a decade, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has captivated the world of cricket and more than a billion Indians with his incredible ingenuity as captain, wicketkeeper, and batsman. Bharat Sundaresan tracks down the cricketer's closest friends in Ranchi and artfully presents the different shades of Dhoni - the Ranchi boy, the fauji, the diplomat, Chennai's beloved Thala, the wicketkeeping Pythagoras - and lays bare the man underneath. He discovers a certain je ne sais quoi about the man who has a magical ability to transform and elevate everything that comes into his orbit - the Dhoni touch. Funny, candid, and peppered with delicious anecdotes, The Dhoni Touch reveals an ordinary man living an extraordinary life.

©2018 Bharat Sundaresan (P)2020 Random House Audio

Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
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The Last Flanelled Fool


Michael Simkins is the ultimate Sunday cricketer - passionate, obsessive, technically inept and hopelessly deluded. When an injury rules him out, he decides to set off on an odyssey across the counties of England. It's a journey that begins at the birthplace of cricket, takes in the burial site of his favourite ground and even stops along the way to flirt with the love child of WG Grace and Kerry Katona that is Twenty20. It ends with the ultimate cricketing zenith - returning to the field of play to bowl an over to Freddie Flintoff in fading light in front of a capacity crowd. So can cricket still bring comfort and meaning to his life or is Old Father Time about to call for Michael's bails?

©2011 Michael Simkins (P)2012 Soundings

Narrator: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
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The Great Romantic


The 2019 William Hill Sports Book of the Year. The Sunday Times best seller.  Duncan Hamilton is already a multiple award-winning sports writer, but it is hard to imagine he will write a better book than this superb, elegiac portrait of the sociable, feted, but ultimately unknowable man who virtually invented modern sports writing....  Neville Cardus described how one majestic stroke-maker 'made music' and 'spread beauty' with his bat. Between two world wars, he became the laureate of cricket by doing the same with words.  In The Great Romantic, award-winning author Duncan Hamilton demonstrates how Cardus changed sports journalism for ever. While popularising cricket - while appealing, in Cardus' words to people who 'didn't know a leg-break from the pavilion cat at Lord's' - he became a star in his own right with exquisite phrase-making, disdain for statistics and a penchant for literary and musical allusions.    Among those who venerated Cardus were PG Wodehouse, John Arlott, Harold Pinter, JB Priestley and Don Bradman. However, behind the rhapsody in blue skies, green grass and colourful characters, this richly evocative biography finds that Cardus' mother was a prostitute, he never knew his father and he received negligible education. Infatuations with younger women ran parallel to a decidedly unromantic marriage. And, astonishingly, the supreme stylist's aversion to factual accuracy led to his reporting on matches he never attended.    Yet Cardus also belied his impoverished origins to prosper in a second class-conscious profession, becoming a music critic of international renown. The Great Romantic uncovers the dark enigma within a golden age. 

©2019 Duncan Hamilton (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

Narrator: David Mounfield
Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
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Playing It My Way

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The autobiography of the highest scoring batsman of all time. The greatest run-scorer in the history of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar retired in 2013 after an astonishing 24 years at the top. The most celebrated Indian cricketer of all time, he received the Bharat Ratna Award - India's highest civilian honour - on the day of his retirement. Now Sachin Tendulkar tells his own remarkable story - from his first Test cap at the age of 16 to his 100th international century and the emotional final farewell that brought his country to a standstill. When a boisterous Mumbai youngster's excess energies were channelled into cricket, the result was record-breaking schoolboy batting exploits that launched the career of a cricketing phenomenon. Before long Sachin Tendulkar was the cornerstone of India's batting line-up, his every move watched by a cricket-mad nation's devoted followers. Never has a cricketer been burdened with so many expectations; never has a cricketer performed at such a high level for so long and with such style - scoring more runs and making more centuries than any other player, in both Tests and one-day games. And perhaps only one cricketer could have brought together a shocked nation by defiantly scoring a Test century shortly after terrorist attacks rocked Mumbai. His many achievements with India include winning the World Cup and topping the world Test rankings. Yet he has also known his fair share of frustration and failure - from injuries and early World Cup exits to stinging criticism from the press, especially during his unhappy tenure as captain.Despite his celebrity status, Sachin Tendulkar has always remained a very private man, devoted to his family and his country. Now, for the first time, he provides a fascinating insight into his personal life and gives a frank and revealing account of a sporting life like no other.

©2014 Sachin Tendulkar (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton

Narrator: Sartaj Garewal
Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
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My A-Z of Cricket


Legendary cricket broadcaster Henry Blofeld takes the listener on a journey from A-Z through the world of cricket. 

In his trademark charming style, Blowers goes through the alphabet, explaining some of the puzzling cricket terminology and regaling his favourite anecdotes from his 50 years in the sport, covering the most important moments in the sport's history as well as the most entertaining and amusing. 

The book will also contain a glossary for those who want to make sure they know their googlys from their bouncers. 

This audiobook is perfect for fans of cricket who want to understand the sport from Henry's unique point of view. It is a humorous and entertaining jaunt through the cricket landscape.

©2019 Henry Blofeld (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

Narrator: Henry Blofeld
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
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The Wit of Cricket 2


Cricket is said to be a funny game and now you can hear why with another brilliant collection of humorous stories, jokes, and anecdotes from the world of cricket as told by five of the game's all-time great personalities: Richie Benaud, Dickie Bird, Henry Blofeld, Brian Johnston, and Fred Trueman. Recorded live in theatres and in the studio, here are dozens of hilarious anecdotes about England players such as Denis Compton, Len Hutton, Mike Brearley, and Ian Botham, not to mention broadcasting gaffes, sledging, short-sighted umpires, and the first male streaker at Lord's!

©1993 Brian Johnston; 1998 Dickie Bird; 2002 Henry Blofeld; 2005 Richie Benaud; 1997 Fred Trueman and Don Mosey (P)2007 Hodder and Stoughton Audiobooks

Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
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Fatty Batter

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Fatty Batter is the story of one man's lifelong obsession with cricket. From his earliest awkward days as a fat schoolboy, to his years running a team of dysfunctional inadequates, cricket has offered Michael Simkins a shelter from life's irksome realities and a place in which to quietly dream.That place is a peculiarly English arcadia of occasional wondrous beauty, forests of comforting statistics, and the endless life-affirming rituals of defeat, humiliation, and disappointment - the perfect net practise for life.

©2007 Michael Simkins (P)2008 Soundings

Narrator: Michael Simkins
Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
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The Strangers Who Came Home


The Ashes cricket series, played out between England and Australia, is the oldest and arguably the most keenly contested rivalry in international sport. Yet the majority of the first representative Australian cricket team to tour England in 1878 in fact regarded themselves as Englishmen. In May of that year, the SS City of Berlin docked at Liverpool, and the Australians stepped onto English ground to begin the inaugural first-class cricket tour of England by a representative overseas team. As they made their way south toward Lord's to play the MCC in the second match of the tour, the intrepid tourists, or "the strangers", as they were referred to in the press, encountered arrogance and ignorance, cheating umpires, and miserable weather. But by defeating a powerful MCC side that included W.G. Grace himself in a single afternoon's play, they turned English cricket on its head. The Lord's crowd, having openly laughed at the tourists, wildly celebrated a victory that has been described as "arguably the most momentous six hours in cricket history" and claimed the Australians as their own. The Strangers Who Came Home is a compelling social history that brings that momentous summer to life, telling the story of these extraordinary men who travelled thousands of miles, risking life and limb, playing 43 matches in England (as well as several in Philadelphia, America, on their return journey) during a demanding but ultimately triumphant homecoming; how their glorious achievements on the field of play threw open the doors to international sports touring; and how these men from the colonies provided the stimulus for Australian nationhood through their sporting success and brought unprecedented vitality to international cricket.

©2015 John Lazenby (P)2015 Audible Inc.

Narrator: Jonathan Coote
Author: John Lazenby
Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
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Fibber in the Heat


Fanatical about cricket since he was a boy, Miles Jupp would do anything to see his heroes play. But perhaps deciding to bluff his way into the press corps during England's Test series in India wasn't his best idea. By claiming to be the cricket correspondent for BBC Scotland and getting a job with the (Welsh) Western Mail, Miles lands the press pass that will surely be the ticket to his dreams. Soon, he finds himself in cricket heaven - drinking with David Gower and Beefy, sharing bar room banter with Nasser Hussain, and swapping diarrhea stories with the Test Match Special team. Amazing! But struggling in the heat under the burden of his own fibs, reality soon catches up with Miles as - like a cricket-obsessed Boot from Evelyn Waugh's Scoop - he bumbles from one disaster to the next. A joyous, charming, yet cautionary tale, Fibber in the Heat is for anyone who's ever dreamt about doing nothing but watching cricket all day long.

©2012 Miles Jupp (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

Narrator: Miles Jupp
Author: Miles Jupp
Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
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Being Freddie


Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff is one of the most exciting cricketers in the world and has improved out of all recognition during the last two years. In 2003, he was England's best player at the World Cup. Then, explosively, he lit up the second half of the summer in 2004, lifting spirits at Lord's with a bat-smashing 142. He walked off with the England man of the series award and averages to flaunt. This audiobook marks his story so far in his own words, taking us up to and including the summer of 2005. Freddie will highlight the moments and matches in his career that helped him dramatically on his way forward, and reveals what it is like to play for one of the most successful England cricket teams in recent times. This lively anecdotal account of a cricket star's life will inspire and entertain in equal measures.

©2005 Andrew Flintoff (P)2005 Hodder & Stoughton Audiobooks

Narrator: Stephen Lord
Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
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Second Innings


Fast bowler, six-hitter, popular hero, one of the lads, king of the jungle - Andrew Flintoff is all of those things. In Second Innings, his searingly honest yet uplifting autobiography, Flintoff reveals unseen, surprising sides to his career and personality. The restless need to push and challenge himself that led him to take up professional boxing. The complex and troubled relationship with discipline, alcohol and authority during his exhilarating cricket career. The search for an authentic voice as a player, free from the blandness and conformity of modern professionalism. Is Flintoff the last of his kind in any sport? Through all his highs and lows, triumphs and reversals, this book reveals a central tension. There is "Fred" - performer, extrovert, centre of attention. Then there is "Andrew" - reflective, withdrawn and uncertain. Two people contained in one extraordinary life. And sometimes, inevitably, keeping the two in balance proves too much. We are taken backstage, seeing the mischief and adventure that has defined Andrew Flintoff's story. Above all, we observe the enduring power of fun, friendship and loyalty - the pillars of Flintoff's career. At ease with his faults as well as his gifts, Andrew Flintoff has sought one thing even more than success: to be himself.

©2015 Andrew Flintoff (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton

Narrator: Richard Burnip
Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
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Ben Stokes is not cast in the same mould as the vast majority of English cricketers. Fiery, combative, gladiatorial - he plays the game hard and with great gusto. He is an all-rounder who bats, bowls and fields at full throttle.  Stokes impresses with his physical stature and muscular brand of cricket. He doesn't back down, smashing the next ball for six, bowling his 90 mph 'chin music', or taking a breathtakingly full-stretch catch at backward point.  Whether it's thrashing the fastest ever Test century at Lord's or the quickest ever Test double-hundred by an Englishman or destroying the Australian batting at Trent Bridge, Stokes plays the game he loves with his heart on his sleeve and with 100% effort and commitment. Cricket fans adore him for it.  His very first book focuses on the pivotal moments in his life and career so far. These episodes are vibrant, emotional, poignant - revealing the man in three dimensions, red in tooth and claw. From being forged as a young boy in New Zealand, to moving to Cumbria at the age of 11, to playing county cricket for Durham and then onto the England team, this book provides a riveting insight into one of the most exhilarating figures in sport today. 

©2016 BAS Promotions Limited (P)2016 Headline Digital

Narrator: Bryan Dick
Author: Ben Stokes
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
Available on Audible
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Six Machine

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Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Six Machine by Chris Gayle, read by Leroy Osei-Bonsu. 'If the ball's there, hit it. Don't worry about what might happen. Play for the glory. Play for the six.' Chris Gayle is the only man to have ever hit a six off the first ball of a Test match. But then producing the impossible is an everyday act for the West Indies legend: the first man to smash an international T20 century, the first to hit a World Cup 200, the fastest century in the history of the game. He has hit twice as many T20 sixes as any other man and scored two Test triple centuries. All this is delivered with cricket's biggest bat and an even bigger smile. Off the pitch, millions follow him on Instagram and Twitter to catch a glimpse of a globe-trotting life spent in nightclubs as much as nets, hot-tubs as often as helmets and pads. He plays late, parties later, demolishes a king-size pile of pancakes and then strolls out to mangle another hapless bowling attack.But do we really know him? Do we know what took a shy, skinny kid from a cramped tin-roofed shack in the dusty back streets of Kingston, sharing a bed with three brothers and stealing empty bottles to buy food, to the very top of the cricket world - without losing himself along the way? Outrageous and utterly original, this unputdowneable memoir will leave you reeling. Welcome to the world of the Six Machine.

©2016 Chris Gayle (P)2016 Penguin Random House UK

Author: Chris Gayle
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
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Cricket: England's Greatest Matches


There will have been times when you have decided you will never watch them again, only to go back on the vow the next time a Test comes along. But, for every crushing disappointment there have been triumphs that evoke utter euphoria. Moments when the pain you've suffered in the past all suddenly becomes worthwhile. So sit back and immerse yourself in England's finest moments.

©2015 Go Entertain (P)2016 Go Entertain

Narrator: Mark Tester
Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
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281 and Beyond


A stylish batsman who could score against any kind of bowling, VVS Laxman played over a hundred Tests to aggregate more than 8,000 runs. Cricket fans still remember with awe his game-changing knock of 281 against Australia in 2001 at Eden Gardens. But playing for India was never easy. He was dropped as often as he was picked, and despite his vast experience and unimpeachable skill, he never made it to a World Cup team.   All through his playing years, Laxman was known to be a soft-spoken man who kept his distance from controversy. Which is what makes this autobiography truly special. It’s candid and reflective, happy and sad by turns, and deeply insightful. He writes of dressing-room meltdowns and champagne evenings, the exhilaration of playing with and against the best in the world, the nuances of batting in different formats and on various pitches, the learnings with John Wright and the rocky times under Greg Chappell.   In 281 and Beyond, Laxman lays bare the ecstasy and the trauma of being one of the chosen XI in a country that is devoted to cricket.

©2018 VVS Laxman (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

Author: VVS Laxman
Length: 17 hrs and 29 mins
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80 Not Out


Highlights of a career in cricket from Britain's favourite umpire. Hardly a week goes by without Dickie Bird visiting a county or Test match arena where he can keep up to date with all that is happening in the cricket world, while at the same time taking the opportunity to reflect, in the company of old friends and acquaintances, on his own colourful contribution to the sport that lasted for over half a century. Dickie remains the most famous umpire of them all and is still highly respected throughout the world. A lovable eccentric with a joyful sense of fun, he has decided, as he approaches his 80th birthday, to recall the highlights of his life in cricket, while also providing an illuminating insight into what he has been up to since his retirement.

©2013 Dickie Bird (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton

Author: Dickie Bird
Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
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On Fire

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Early evening on Sunday 14th July 2019. Lord's Cricket Ground in London. Something had just happened in the sport of cricket that had never happened before: England had won the Cricket World Cup for the very first time since the tournament's inception in 1975. 

At the epicentre of England's historic triumph was Ben Stokes, the talismanic all-rounder with an insatiable appetite for The Big Occasion. He contributed an absolutely critical 84 runs off 98 balls when England batted, a seemingly nerveless innings of discipline and maturity. Thrillingly, it was enough to tie the scores at 241 runs each, so the match reverted to a Super Over - just six balls for each side to bat in the ultimate in sporting sudden death. Stokes and his batting partner, Jos Buttler, saw England to 15 runs off their over. When it was finally confirmed that Martin Guptill had been run out off the very last ball of New Zealand's Super Over with the scores once again level, England had astonishingly won on the boundary count-back, and the nation could finally breathe again.

Early evening on Sunday 25th August 2019. A sun-drenched Headingley in Leeds. Having been bowled out for just 67 earlier in the Third Test, England were facing the prospect of failing to regain the Ashes. In their second innings England were still 73 runs short of victory with a solitary wicket remaining. Australia were near certainties to retain the Ashes there and then. Cue one of the most amazing innings ever witnessed as Ben Stokes thrashed the Australian bowlers to all corners of the ground, in the process scoring 135 not out, driving England to a barely believable one-wicket victory and keeping the series very much alive. The nation took another breath. 

In his brand-new book, Ben Stokes tells the story of England's electrifying first ever Cricket World Cup triumph as well as this summer's momentous Ashes Test series. It is the ultimate insider's account of the most nerve-shredding but riveting three-and-a-half months in English cricket history.  

©2019 Ben Stokes (P)2019 Headline Publishing Group

Narrator: Luke Francis
Author: Ben Stokes
Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
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How to Play Cricket


If you want to learn how to play cricket then check out this guide. In this step-by-step guide, you will reap the following benefits: Learn the basics of playing cricket Learn the areas of the cricket field Become good in the fielding position in the ground Learn how to bat Learn how to catch the ball Learn how to bowl Learn how to field Learn how to do power play Learn the different formats of cricket And much more Download it now!

©2016 HowExpert (P)2016 HowExpert

Narrator: Joette Marie
Length: 50 mins
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Thanks, Johnners


Read by Jonathan Agnew with a foreword read by the magnificent Stephen Fry with surprise contributions from Jonathan's test-match special colleagues! Perfect for cricket fans everywhere, Thanks Johnners is a warm and witty tribute to Brian Johnston and his time at the helm of Test Match Special. The Test Match Special on-air incident, in which Jonathan Agnew's comment on Ian Botham's attempt to avoid stepping on his stumps – "He just couldn't quite get his leg over" - provoking prolonged fits of giggles, most notably from Brian Johnston, has been voted the greatest piece of sporting commentary ever. The friendship between "Aggers" and "Johnners" became immortalised through that broadcasting classic, but there was a far deeper bond between the two men, as this fascinating book reveals. Jonathan Agnew had grown up to the sound of Johnston, Arlott, and a young Martin-Jenkins et al on TMS as he followed his father around on the family farm, ear glued to the transistor radio, but the two men met formally only when Agnew joined the BBC team at Headingley in 1991. Thus began a great working partnership which, fuelled by a mutual passion for the noble game, bridged the generation gap and ended only with Johnston's sudden death in 1994. As this book demonstrates so convincingly, Johnners's wit, warmth and sense of fun was a feature not only of his cricket commentaries, but also in the way he lived his life. His influence on "Aggers" is clearly recognisable in the same amiable and informal manner in which his successor presents Test Match Special today. Thanks, Johnners is a rich blend of biography and anecdote, of antics and dramas on and off the pitch, in and out of the commentary box, filled with stories about the great names of cricket, including Fred Trueman, Geoffrey Boycott, Vivian Richards, Michael Holding, and Ian Botham. Just as TMS is the sound of summer, so Thanks, Johnners is the fresh breeze rippling the long grass of remembered pleasures.

©2010 Jonathan Agnew (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Jonathan Agnew
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
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Penguins Stopped Play


It seemed a simple enough idea at the outset: to assemble a team of 11 men to play cricket on each of the seven continents of the globe - except that's not a simple idea at all. And when you throw in incompetent airline officials, cunning Bajan drug dealers, overzealous American anti-terrorist police, idiotic Welshmen dressed as Santa Claus, and whole armies of pitch-invading penguins, you quickly arrive at a lot more than you bargained for. Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt (Doctor Mac from BBC2's Green Wing), Harry Thompson's hilarious book tells the story of one of those great madcap enterprises that only an Englishman could have dreamed up, and only a bunch of Englishmen could possibly have wished to carry out.

© The Estate of Harry Thompson; (P) John Murray

Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
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The Sound of Summer


For more than four decades, Jim Maxwell has called the cricket for the ABC. Since 1973 he has covered 285 Test matches, including over 50 Ashes Tests, six tours to the West Indies, seven to the subcontinent, and five World Cups. His distinctive voice, dryly understated humour and immense knowledge of the game have been part of the fabric of Australian cricket for generations of listeners. It's not too much to say that Jim has been the sound of our summer.  In his long-awaited memoir he reflects on his life and career, on key cricket moments that he's witnessed, and on the many and varied characters he's met along the way. The Sound of Summer is a deep insight into one of our best-loved commentators, and a fascinating, warm, nostalgic and uniquely informed view of the game he loves.

©2016 Jim Maxwell (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Jim Maxwell
Author: Jim Maxwell
Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
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Slipless in Settle


Slipless in Settle is a sentimental journey around club cricket in the north of England, a world far removed from the clichéd lengthening-shadows-on-the-village-green image of the summer game. This is hardcore cricket played in former pit villages and mill towns. Winner of the 2011 MCC Cricket Book of the Year, it is about the little clubs that have, down the years, produced some of the greatest players Britain has ever seen, and at one time spent a fortune on importing the biggest names in the international game to boost their battle for local supremacy. Slipless in Settle is a warm, affectionate and outrageously funny sporting odyssey in which Andrew Flintoff and Learie Constantine rub shoulders with Asbo-tag-wearing all-rounders, there's hot-pot pie and mushy peas at the tea bar, two types of mild in the clubhouse, and a batsman is banned for a month for wearing a fireman's helmet when going out to face Joel Garner...

©2010 Harry Pearson (P)2011 Hachette Digital

Narrator: David Fleeshman
Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
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Cricketing Tales from The Dressing Room


BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew introduces a new collection of anecdotes and reflections from some of the best-loved characters of Ashes cricket. Merv Hughes, Derek Randall, Ian Botham, Gladstone Small, Darren Gough and many more.

Bitter rivalries, slogging and sledging. Some of the greatest players from both England and Australia remember the classic encounters from over 50 years of Ashes history. Reflections from the dressing room include the pranks and the insults, as well as tales of angry fast bowlers, over-amorous fans, and fancy dress parties.

©2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

Narrator: Jonathan Agnew
Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
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Sunny Days


Sunny Days is the fascinating record of the growth of India's greatest batsman, one whose astonishing feats on the cricket field have had innumerable records rewritten and yet more difficult targets set.  How did Sunil Manohar Gavaskar begin, and what were the early days like? It is not merely out of curiosity that one may ask the question; the knowledge of the shaping up of the process of greatness is essential for a true understanding of the greatness. Before we can ask the Little Master to tell us about the dizzying heights of his career, we need to know the beginning. And Sunny Days is all about it. The baby is switched after birth, luckily restored by an eagle-eyed uncle; he grows up and almost breaks his mother's nose with a mighty hit (a childhood habit persisting in later life); plays good cricket in school and college; graduates inevitably through university and Trophy cricket; is at times booed by the crowd as his uncle happens to be a Selector - in fact all that could happen does happen to make him reach the age of 21, when, at Port of Spain Gavaskar, he bursts upon the cricket scene with his Test debut.  The year is 1971, Gavaskar's year, and sunny days have truly begun for Indian cricket. By the end of the 1975-76 season, Gavaskar has played 147 first class matches and amassed 11,574 runs and 38 hundreds. He has played in 24 matches in 8 Tests, with 2,123 runs and 8 hundreds. Still eight years to go for the great days of the Kotla and the Chidambaram Stadium; but as it is said, in the beginning is the end. Fluently written, with self-effacing modesty imparting a rare grace, Sunny Days is great to listen to.

©1976 Sunil Gavaskar (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
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Over and Out


The autobiography of cricket broadcasting legend Henry Blofeld. Henry Blofeld's voice is the sound of the summer to thousands of cricket lovers all over the world, and this autobiographical audiobook is a celebration of his career commentating on the sport he loves. Henry has been a summariser on Test Match Special for over 40 years, and cricket fans all over the world adore him. In this book he relives his favourite moments in the sport and shares behind-the-scenes anecdotes and stories told in his unique style.

©2017 Henry Blofeld (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton

Narrator: Henry Blofeld
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
Available on Audible
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On the Boards with Blowers


Old friends and Test Match Special colleagues, Henry Blofeld and Peter Baxter had many outrageous tales of life in and around the radio cricket commentary boxes of the world. So in 2012, the two embarked on a tour that saw them take their hilarious stories onto the stage in a two-man show. They soon found themselves treading the boards in the West End, at the Edinburgh Fringe, and travelling as far afield as Australia. The extraordinary characters who inhabited that commentary box - quite apart from the remarkable Blowers himself - featured prominently. There was the ebullience of Brian Johnston; the enormous thirst of John Arlott; the eternal scattiness of Christopher Martin-Jenkins; the mischief of Jonathan Agnew and a host of other walk-on parts. On the Boards with Blowers looks behind the scenes of creating this unique show, as well as regaling listeners with many of the side-splitting tales themselves. It is a book to be enjoyed by cricket fans and the general public alike.

©2019 Peter Baxter (P)2020 Peter Baxter

Narrator: Peter Baxter
Author: Peter Baxter
Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
Available on Audible
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KP: The Autobiography


The fascinating life story of professional cricketer Kevin Pietersen, MBE, from his childhood in South Africa to his recent experiences as one of the leading lights in the world of international cricket.

©2014 Kevin Pietersen (P)2014 Hachette Audio UK

Narrator: Byron Mondahl
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
Available on Audible
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The Shorter Wisden 2020


Bloomsbury presents The Shorter Wisden 2020, edited by Lawrence Booth and read by David Thorpe, with Lawrence Booth and Terry Blake. The most famous sports book in the world, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack has been published every year since 1864. The selected writings from the 157th edition contained in this audiobook offer trenchant opinion, compelling features and an authoritative voice on the worldwide game. The Shorter Wisden is a compelling distillation of what's best in its bigger brother – and the 2020 edition of Wisden is crammed, as ever, with the best writing in the game. Wisden's audio version includes the influential Notes by the Editor and all the front-of-book articles. In an age of snap judgments, Wisden’s authority and integrity are more important than ever. Yet again this year’s edition is truly a 'must-have' for every cricket fan. In essence, The Shorter Wisden is a glass of the finest champagne rather than the whole bottle.

©2020 John Wisden (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Length: 24 hrs and 23 mins
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An Evening with Dickie Bird


Dickie Bird is not only the world's most famous cricket umpire, he is also one of the most entertaining public speakers of our time. Here are anecdotes about the game he loves so much and has served so well, with some fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpses of cricket around the world over the past forty years. The engaging character of the man, the down-to-earth wit of a great Yorkshireman and his outstanding gifts as a storyteller make this a recording to treasure.

©1998 Dickie Bird (P)1998 BarryMour Productions

Narrator: Dickie Bird
Author: Dickie Bird
Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
Available on Audible
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At the young age of 17, Sachin Tendulkar earned the title of being the second youngest man to score 100 runs in international cricket. Sachin: The Story of the World's Greatest Batsman is an audiobook that traces the life and achievements of this individual, who is hailed as being the finest batsman in the world. He has made more than 33,000 runs in international cricket, which is the highest number of runs to be scored by any cricketer. He also has a total of 100 international centuries in his kitty as well.  The author of this audiobook provides a stunning account of the life of the best sportsperson in the world. The audiobook gives its listeners insight into the passion that Sachin had for the game, right from the time when he was very young, right till the time he stepped into superstardom.  Sachin: The Story of the World's Greatest Batsman gives you details concerning Sachin's life, which you have never known before. The audiobook also highlights the matches that changed the course of Sachin Tendulkar's career, making him what he is today.  Key Features: This audiobook gives you details concerning the life of Sachin Tendulkar. Listeners are given an actual reconstruction of the matches that shaped Sachin's career.

©2012 Gulu Ezekiel (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: Paul Thotham
Author: Gulu Ezekiel
Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
Available on Audible
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The Best of Blowers


Blowers will delight his many fans with this pick of the very best of his stories. In "My dear old thing!" cricket fans everywhere will recognise Henry Blofeld's rich, plummy voice and sharp wit from BBC's Test Match Special. Now enjoy the very best of Blowers in this blockbusting collection, including jokes, anecdotes, and stories from a life immersed in cricket.

©2007 Henry Blofeld (P)2007 Barn Productions

Narrator: Henry Blofeld
Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
Available on Audible
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What I Love About Cricket


What I Love About Cricket is the story of a summer when a ‘master’ cricket obsessive teaches his novice ‘pupil’ the wisdom of the game. Sandy Balfour is cast as the supposed master and his 16-year-old daughter’s new boyfriend is the reluctant pupil. This beginner’s guide to the infuriatingly perverse game of cricket is a love letter addressed both to those who utterly fail to understand it and to those who need reminding why they fell in love in the first place. What unfolds is wonderfully observed and very funny and as much about fathers and daughters, love and life, as it is about cricket.

©2009 Sandy Balfour (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Clive Mantle
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
Available on Audible
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Harold Larwood

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Harold Larwood is an England cricketing legend. During the MCC’s notorious 1932–3 Ashes tour of Australia, his ‘Bodyline’ bowling left Australia’s batsmen bruised and battered, halved the batting average of the great Don Bradman – and gave England a 4–1 series victory. But the diplomatic row that followed brought Anglo-Australian relations to the brink of collapse. Larwood was used as a scapegoat by the MCC, which demanded he apologise for bowling Bodyline. Arguing that he had simply obeyed the instructions of his captain, Douglas Jardine, Larwood refused. He never played for England again. The Bodyline saga has been told before, but Larwood’s story has not. Using materials provided by the fast bowler’s family, Duncan Hamilton has created an intimate and compelling portrait of Larwood’s life: from his mining village upbringing, through the trauma of 1932–3 and its bitter aftermath, to his emigration to Australia, where he and his family found happiness. A moving recreation of the triumph, betrayal and redemption of a working-class hero, Harold Larwood will enthral not only cricket fans, but all those who relish biographical writing of the highest quality.

©2009 Quercus Publishing PLC (P)2010 Quercus Publishing PLC

Narrator: Alex Jennings
Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
Available on Audible
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150 Cricket Trivia Questions


What is Cricket and how did it come about? What and more importantly who is involved in this sport? The 150 trivia questions audiobook brings hours of entertainment and fun knowledge about this amazing game.

©2015 North Pacific Technology Group (P)2015 North Pacific Technology Group

Narrator: Todd Gaddy
Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
Available on Audible
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Lord Hawke


Lord Hawke was captain of Cambridge University, Yorkshire, and England in a time when, as A.A. Thomson observed, "there were giants in the land". His era is now lost to us, shrouded by the fog of war and by economic and social revolutions that would beggar the Victorian imagination.  That despite everything English cricket not only survives in its traditional form, but thrives, is in no small measure the enduring achievement of three men, three eminent Victorians who devoted the greater part of their lives to cricket, and who largely determined the form in which it has come down to later generations: W.G. Grace, Lord Harris, and Lord Hawke.  Tradition has it that W.G. Grace was the ultimate exponent of the game, that Lord Harris was its foremost administrator, and that Lord Hawke was its great exporter.  Of Martin Bladen Hawke, seventh Baron Hawke of Towton, Sir Pelham "Plum" Warner was to say "he was the Odysseus of cricket" and that "he was the first to preach the gospel of cricket throughout the Empire". Hawke was an indefatigable organizer and leader of tours to Australasia, North and South America, India and Ceylon, South Africa, and the West Indies. But the exportation of cricket to the dominions was the beginning, rather than the end of his unique contribution to English cricket. The true object of his life’s work was the construction and consolidation of an indestructible cricketing institution; the Yorkshire County Cricket Club.  Hawke first captained Yorkshire in the Championship in 1883. Although he nominally retained the captaincy until he formally resigned in favour of E.J. Radcliffe in November 1910, he played his last county match at the end of the 1909 season. The profit and loss account of the Yorkshire captaincy in the serious business of county cricket between 1883 and 1909 tells its own story. Yorkshire won the Championship eight times under Hawke’s stewardship.  He was also the man who sacked Bobby Peel, the greatest left-arm bowler of his era, and infamously declaimed "Pray God, no professional shall ever captain England", sentiments which very nearly damned him forever.  A man of contradictions, strong convictions, more often than not his own worst enemy, this cricketing biography goes behind the myth of the man looking to paint a picture of one of cricket’s great men.  Love or loathe him, Martin Bladen Hawke’s life was singular. Join the author on his voyage of discovery.  Please note: This is the second edition of a book first published in 1990.

©2020 James P. Coldham writing as James Philip (P)2021 James P. Coldham writing as James Philip

Author: James Philip
Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
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Cricketing Tales from the Dressing Room


BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew introduces a new collection of anecdotes and reflections from some of the best-loved characters of international cricket: Jack Russell, Derek Pringle, Graham Gooche, Ian Botham, Derek Underwood, Geoff Lawson and many more.

From the glory days when players regularly smoked 20 a day and fended off over-eager fans to the dressing room pranks and pedalo rides of more recent years. Some of the most colourful stars of the game recall the highs and lows, the hilarious, embarrassing, and most memorable moments of test match cricket.

©2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

Narrator: Jonathan Agnew
Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
Available on Audible
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An Evening with Blowers


Henry Blofeld is one of the greatest characters in cricket. For nearly thirty years his distinctive rich, plummy voice and his famous expression 'My dear old thing!' have delighted the millions of listeners to BBC Radio's Test Match Special. In his entertaining one-man show An Evening with Blowers, Henry takes his audience on a hilarious journey from his eccentric childhood in Norfolk to his schooldays as a prolific batsman at Eton and his successful career as an international cricket writer and broadcaster. He tells many colourful anecdotes about the game of cricket and his BBC colleagues including John Arlott and Brian Johnston and reveals what really happened when the Queen presented the TMS team with a special cake!

©2002 Henry Blofeld (P)2002 BarryMour Productions

Narrator: Henry Blofeld
Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
Available on Audible