What's the difference between short leg and deep midwicket? When would you be thinking about bowling a yorker? What's so great about the sound of leather on willow? Cricket's vocabulary is a mixture of jargon and cliche, poetry and prose, misty-eyed romanticism and old-gits' cynicism. "Arm-ball to Zooter" is a witty guide to the peculiarities of the game, its history and major figures; cricket-lovers might find their own pet hates confirmed; cricket newcomers might be amazed at what cricket-lovers have been up to all these years.
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A witty and readable guide to the words that matter...
indispensable for newcomers and veterans alike. -- SPORT magazine
Chatty, amusing (plus Nick Newman's delightful cartoon A to Z)...
A cricketer's dip-in book for the Christmas stocking. -- WISDEN CRICKETER magazine
Cricket's ability to fit the new alongside the old grins happily
out of Lawrence Booth's entertaining writing. -- SUNDAY TIMES -- BOOK OF THE WEEK
I looked up a word and was sucked in. Two hours -- and several
belly laughs -- later I resurfaced.
-- CRICINFO (cricinfo.com)
Lawrence Booth is the man behind the Guardian's enormously popular column The Spin, which pulls in a weekly readership of around 10,000 subscribers. A lifelong cricket fan, he is the author of Cricket: Celebrating the Modern Game Around the World (2005) and a contributing editor to Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.
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