Magazine article The Spectator

BOO K E N D S A Wicket Way with Words

Magazine article The Spectator

BOO K E N D S A Wicket Way with Words

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We were never going to get 'come to the pa r ty ' or 'a hund red and ten per cent' from The Authors XI by The Author s Cr icket Club, w ith a foreword by Sebastian Faulks (Bloomsbury, £16.99). Instead there's 'Passchendaeleian' and 'Ballardian' (of pitches), 'burstso fa tor so s' (o f them selves) and the observation that the French revolut iona r ies' cry o f 'Aux a rme s!'

sound s uncann i ly l ike 'how zat? ! ' The team of cricketing writers tackle a chapter each, combining match reports from their 2012 season with reflections on different aspects of the game (class, broadcasting, kit, youth and so on).

If you play you'll sympathise with their need for relay fielders to get a th row f rom the bounda ry to the wicket.

I f you don't you'l l st i l l lea rn a lot. …

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