The Ascent of Mount Hum: A Croatian Cricketing Odyssey

 
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Lying some thirty miles off the Dalmatian coast, the Croatian island of Vis has a long and dramatic history bound up with various European empires, from Ancient Greece and Rome through the Venetian Republic and Austria-Hungary to fascist Italy and Nazi Germany in the twentieth century. For forty years in the latter half of that century it was a closed military base. Today the islands 4,000 inhabitants try to strike a balance between their traditional agricultural livelihood and the pressures and temptations of European tourism in an age of globalization. This book tells the story of how a group of distinctly average cricketers became unlikely sporting ambassadors and, quite by accident, helped re-introduce an island to its forgotten past.

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Steven Haslemere has been playing cricket badly for longer than he cares to remember. He is secretary of the St. Radegund pub s cricket team, and a co-founder and editor of its annual magazine Witless Cricketers' Almanac. He is married and lives in Cambridge.

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'Lingers on its subject with a dedicated fascination. The team's exploits should raise a smile of recognition from anyone who has ever been on a cricket tour but the book's real interest lies in the historical detail of an island which served as Tito's secret HQ during the war and remained off-limits for 40 years afterwards.' --Wisden Cricketer 'Can I recommend a rather unusual cricket book? The Ascent of Mount Hum.' --Lawrence Booth, Guardian website's coverage of England Test Match cricket

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