The Good Murungu?: A Cricket Tale of the Unexpected

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Former county cricketer and one-time England Test batsman Alan Butcher was looking for a new challenge after leaving his job coaching Surrey County Cricket Club. A phone call out of the blue from a Zimbabwean great alerted him to the possibility of coaching the nation's cricket team. His three years in charge presents an insight into the at times schizophrenic nature of cricket in this intriguing country. Starting at the point when Butcher was offered the job, he describes the process of moulding a team out of a dispirited and disillusioned group of players. Part cricket memoir, part travelogue, part ode to Zimbabwe, part lament for a beautiful-but-troubled country, The Good Murungu? is a fascinating insight into Zimbabwean cricket.

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Long-listed for The Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year Award 2017.

"Alan Butcher's Tale Reveals Tragedy And Comedy Of Zimbabwe. Not all about cricket and it is all the better for it. Here is evidence that, despite all the troubles, Zimbabwe as a country and its cricket can still come together to create a tremendous tale." --" Steve James, The Telegraph

"From Zimbabwe, With Love. Full of affection, if also marked by disappointments and frustrations. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking. A celebration of the thrills of moving to a foreign land and truly becoming part of it. And there is more than enough raw emotion and sincerity." --Firdose Moonda, ESPNcricinfo.com

"Starting with few preconceptions, I found this a fascinating book. I am getting to admire Pitch for being prepared to have a go with a book like this that will not be an obvious best seller but tells a tale well worth reading." --The Cricket Statistician

"Highly personal, a sort of an autobiography. From a country whose cricket has not been properly chronicled it is certainly the definitive history of the period, and there are elements of a travel guide about the book as well. The author steps well outside the mainstream of cricket writing and produces results that can fairly be described as unique. 4 stars." --CricketWeb.net

"Things didn't always go well for [cover star Chris Mpofu] but he always came back with a smile and hard work. He called me dad I called him son and he always asked after his brothers and sisters (my kids)! he and guys like him were reasons why I loved the job so much no matter how hard it got." --The Daily News, Zimbabwe.

Fascinating reading. He writes with affection. At an age when people might start contemplating retirement, Alan Butcher's is as an exemplary and interesting tale from which his love of not just cricket is apparent." -- AndrewRobertsCricketStatistics.com

"An intriguing insight into cricket in Zimbabwe. Despite everything he went through, including two car crashes, accusations of racially motivated selections, he left the country with a deep fondness for Zimbabwe and its people - and memorably led the side to their first Test win six years and ODI success over South Africa." --CricketWorld.com

"Butcher is sincere, honest, wise and open to new ideas. I'm left wondering why no other team has snapped him up. Gives us some real insights into the parlous state of the game in a country so beset by problems that one must only hope that this book is more exegesis than eulogy." --All Out Cricket magazine

"Butcher chronicles not only his ups and downs as a coach after leading his team to a winning return to Test cricket with victory over Bangladesh but also his personal reflections on a country and its people for whom he developed a lasting affection. In his words, it is only partly a cricketing memoir. An engaging book." --Backspin

"Whatever your impression of Zimbabwe's fragmented cricket and nation, it will only be heightened by this extraordinary read, which documents Butcher's three madcap years in charge. It is a compelling read, one which should be essential for all cricket fans. A book that I enjoyed from start to finish." --PeakFan's Derbyshire Cricket Blog

"So far this year Pitch have produced five new cricket titles. To describe them as ground breaking would risk an accusation of hyperbole, but they have all gone beyond what publishers would consider to be mainstream, and all are excellent." --CricketWeb.net

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Alan Butcher has spent more than forty years in professional cricket as a player and coach. He played county cricket for Surrey CCC and Glamorgan CCC and represented England in one Test match and one ODI. Following coaching spells with Essex CCC and Surrey CCC he became Zimbabwe coach in 2010. Perhaps better known these days as England batsman Mark Butcher's father, this is his first book.

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