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    DescriptionIt 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.

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    Penguins Stopped Play
    Eleven Village Cricketers Take on the World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Harry Thompson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 221 g
    ISBN 13: 9780719563461
    ISBN 10: 0719563461

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21800
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.1
    BIC E4L: SPO
    BIC subject category V2: WH, WSJC
    BISAC V2.8: SPO054000, HUM013000
    DC22: 796.3580207
    John Murray General Publishing Division
    Imprint name
    John Murray Publishers Ltd
    Publication date
    05 April 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Harry Thompson is the inventor and editor of many TV comedy series including Have I Got News For You and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. He is the author of acclaimed bestsellers, including Peter Cook: A Biography. His most recent book is a historical novel, This Thing of Darkness. He worked as a producer at Talkback TV and in his spare time ran an infamous cricket team, the Captain Scott XI. He died in November 2005.
    Review quote
    Praise for Harry Thompson and Penguins Stopped Play: . 'Actually completely brilliant' Ian Hislop 'A real gold standard sense of humour' David Baddiel 'Rare, clever, creative ... a maverick, pushing boundaries with outrageous jokes' Guardian 'Crammed with sharp observation, comic and cruel characterisation and a great many very good jokes... Gloriously funny and life-affirming' Daily Telegraph 'Surely the funniest book ever written about the English addiction to cricket...a beautiful tale of classic British humour, self-deprecation, great courage' Daily Mail 'Even people who despise cricket will adore this' Times 'Isn't only a marvellous read but in many ways captures the very essence of the game' Observer 'Very funny ...he fills his warm-hearted book with a satisfying selection of tales' Sunday Times 'Funny and inspiring...Thompson writes with a novelist's sympathy about a wonderfully mixed bunch of characters' - Hugh Massingberd Literary Review 'As funny as you would expect from the writer of Have I Got News For You' Daily Express 'Harry Thompson wrote with such verve and wit that he could have made a trip round a multi-storey car park into an adventure' Celia Brayfield, The Times 'A very funny, peculiarly British travel book' Markus Berkman, Daily Mail 'A rip-roaring and at times touching account of a global tour by a bunch of village cricketers' Oxford Mail