Elk Stopped Play: And Other Tales from Wisden's 'Cricket Round the World'

Elk Stopped Play: And Other Tales from Wisden's 'Cricket Round the World'


Edited by Charlie Connelly

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Hardback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 174mm x 22mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 27 May 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1408832372
  • ISBN 13: 9781408832370
  • Sales rank: 157,249

Product description

There are few parts of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack that embody the magic and appeal of the game more than Cricket Round the World. Elk Stopped Play is a carefully-chosen selection of stories from twenty years of one of Wisden's most-loved sections. Combining the highlights of two decades of the Almanack's coverage of the game's further reaches, as well as original material that places the stories in context and expands upon the incidents and personalities involved, it is an original and eccentric examination of the sport's enduring worldwide appeal. There are extraordinary matches, great individual performances, stories of exceptional pioneering dedication and quirky incidents from all over the world, from games staged on tiny, far-flung Pacific islands to the frozen wastes of the Antarctic, from cricketers dodging mortars in Baghdad to Indonesian mud wickets on converted buffalo paddocks via fractured French skulls, Antarctic barbecues and untimely interruptions by Finnish elk. The perfect book to dip into either during the cricket season or during the long wait for the end of April to come round again, Elk Stopped Play is a fantastic addition to the Wisden bookshelf.

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Author information

Charlie Connelly is an award-winning broadcaster and the author of ten books, including the bestselling Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round The Shipping Forecast. He has collected Wisden since receiving the 1983 edition for his thirteenth birthday and lives in London. Foreword by Michael Palin.

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a glorious collection...a small book of uncomplicated brilliance. Cricketer Love shines from the pages, a love for cricket evident in both the reports themselves and the way the editor, Charlie Connelly, has updated them. Love, too, for people as well as the game. Spectator a series of funny, poignant, heroic, historic, farcical and contemporary tales that will pass many a peaceful hour. School Sport the perfect way to pass the time. Oldie