Instantly acquire all the knowledge you need to become an expert in the arcane and labyrinthine game of cricket. Never again confuse a square leg with a very fine leg, a doosra with a jaffa, or a long hop with a leg break. Bask in the admiration of your fellow cricket lovers as you pronounce confidently on the finer points of play, the limitations of the players, and why the umpire needs to see an optician. But, above all, effortlessly hold your own against those who emerged from the womb consulting a copy of Wisden.
Written by experts and offering readers the opportunity to pass off appropriated knowledge as their own, the Bluffer’s Guides provide hard fact masquerading as frivolous observation in one witty, easy read.
“It has been said that the English, not being by nature a religious people, invented cricket to give them some idea of Eternity.”
“Cricket is flooded with sympathy... The more inept the performance, the greater the sympathy.”
“There is a feeling that if you shout loud enough, often enough, the umpire will have to submit, sooner or later.”
A self-proclaimed all-rounder, James Trollope has been playing village cricket for 25 years during which time he’s gained a reputation for running out his batting partners, refusing to walk and producing revolting teas.
A promising career as a TV reporter in Sussex came to a premature end when his editor refused to accede to his demands to cover local news from the comfort of the County Cricket Ground, Hove.
A hurried, anxious bat, Nick Yapp never fulfilled the potential that early days on the beach at Worthing suggested. His slow bowling, however, has been famously popular with batspersons all over South London.
Ever a Surrey fan, he had to take a double dose of his heart pills when he saw them win the Championship in 1999.
You won’t find a better exposition of the mysterious regulations of the game than this. There is only one absolute constant; when the umpire finally calls ‘Play!’ it will start to rain.
A little stumped? But not out yet? Instead of taking the slow walk back to the pavilion, buy the damn book!