New Edition Out Now: The Bluffer’s Guide to Cricket
James Trollope updates the original guide to the classic sport of cricket.
‘It’s not what you know, it’s what they think you know.’
‘Great fun. A perfect book for all those who love cricket or who want to pretend they do!’ Barry Johnston, SON OF ‘JOHNNERS’ AND AUTHOR OF THE WIT 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.
A 5-million-copy bestselling series, The Bluffer’s Guides® have been helping people out of sticky situations for over four decades. Now relaunched, they’re back – and not just in paperback. E-books are available from all major online bookstores. Bluffer’s mission is to eradicate social embarrassment from this world, and (with the help of their witty experts) they’re well on their way to doing just that.
The Sunday Telegraph described the original series as containing ‘an amazing amount of solid fact disguised as frivolous observation’ and Daily Mail hailed the guides as providing a ‘means to apparent instant erudition without actually having to know or study anything.’
The latest release from Bluffer’s is a new edition of Nick Yapp’s original Bluffer’s Guide to Cricket, which has undergone a facelift at the hands of Jim Shannon, the new series illustrator, and James Trollope, a newcomer to the Bluffer’s stable of great writers.
‘This guide will soon be resting in cricketing homes across the nation and should become required reading for every girlfriend who ever seeks a cricketing husband.’
Lord Bassam of Brighton, LORDS AND COMMONS CRICKET CLUB
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. Nowadays, creaking middle age leads to much embarrassment in the field but he remains lethal in an umpire’s jacket, especially after failing with the bat.
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. Only a soft ball and the promise of friendly bowling now bring him out of retirement. On these occasions he still manages to look hawkish in the field, unless the ball comes too near him.
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E-book available for Kindle and iPad at Amazon.co.uk and iBookstore (RRP £4.99). Print edition in stores and at online retailers March 2013 (RRP £6.99).
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