Book Reviews: Good Lord, Johnners Bowled a Googlie!
Byline: LINDESAY IRVINE
Johnners - The Life of Brian by Barry Johnson, published by Hodder and Stoughon pounds 20
WHAT is cricket about? It has in common with all sport the fact that it is a cure for boredom - usually male boredom, but not always - which does not invariably resort to actual violence, but turns into something else, something else which can be the occasion for the most astonishing feats of physical grace.
Written into the game of cricket, with its weird arcana, its elaborate rules, it's cake, it's teas and it's sandwiches is also the history of the British Empire.
The crack of willow against leather can be heard still in Australia, in India (and Pakistan), in Sri Lanka, in South Africa, in the West Indies and on Sky. They say it's still played in England, wherever that is. It's fighting a losing battle with football everywhere, one fears, but that's global capitalism for you.…
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Publication information: Article title: Book Reviews: Good Lord, Johnners Bowled a Googlie!. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The News Letter (Belfast, Northern Ireland). Publication date: August 9, 2003. Page number: 34. © 2006 Johnston Publishing Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2003 Gale Group.
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