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It seemed a simple enough idea at the outset: to assemble a team of eleven men to play cricket on each of the seven continents of the globe. Except - hold on a minute - that's not a simple idea at all. And when you throw in incompetent airline officials, amorous Argentine Colonels' wives, cunning Bajan drug dealers, gay Australian waiters, overzealous American anti-terrorist police, idiot Welshmen dressed as Santa Claus, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and whole armies of pitch-invading Antarctic penguins, you quickly arrive at a whole lot more than you bargained for. Harry Thompson's hilarious book tells the story of one of those great idiotic enterprises that only an Englishman could have dreamed up, and only a bunch of Englishmen could possibly have wished to carry out.

HumourSport & Hobbies >> Sports & outdoor recreation >> Cricket Publisher: John Murray General Publishing Division Publication Date: 05/04/2007 ISBN-13: 9780719563461  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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In this semi-autobiographical work, Thompson’s village team – the Captain Scott XI – plays cricket for the thrill of the game, not because they’re any good. After one too many drinks in the pavilion, the group embarks on a world tour with the sole purpose of playing a game of cricket on every continent. Accidentally arranging a game with the Argentinean national side probably wasn’t on their agenda though. It’s rare for a book to be laugh-out-loud funny and yet at the same time deeply moving. The very English description of a long-haul flight to America with three inches of legroom and an overly tetchy flight companion gives you the idea, as does the surprisingly powerful ending (no spoilers). Oh, and if you know nothing about cricket or travel, don’t worry: you will soon. - James

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