A Lot of Hard Yakka
Between 1980 and 1993, Simon Hughes was a regular on the county circuit, playing for Middlesex until 1991 before moving on to Durham at the end of his career. In that time, he played alongside some of the great characters in cricket: Mike Brearley, Mike Gatting, Phil Edmonds and Ian Botham. This is not an autobiography of a good county pro, but a look at the ups and downs, the lifestyle, the practical jokes and sheer hard yakka that make such a poorly paid, insecure job appeal to so many. Now a respected journalist and broadcaster, Simon Hughes has written a brilliant, amusing and wrily self-depracating book, packed with hilarious and embarrassing anecdotes about some of the greatest cricketers of the last 20 years.
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- Paperback | 320 pages
- 126 x 196 x 22mm | 260g
- 02 Apr 1998
- Headline Publishing Group
- Headline Book Publishing
- London, United Kingdom
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As life-lived-through-sport, it is pure Hornby ... The book that cricket needed. * Simon Wilde, The Times * May be the first cricketer's autobiography ever to tell it like it is, from dressing-room to bedroom ... Hughes is rivetingly unguarded. * Tim de Lisle, Wisden Cricket Monthly * Sharp and funny ... his book sails neatly between self-glorification and self-pity and lays bare the real truth of the athlete: a dark life of angst and self-doubt lit by sudden piercing shafts of transcendent adequacy. * Simon Barnes, The Times * Hughes may never have scaled the heights as a cricketer, but he has become a wonderful writer on the sport ... gaspingly candid ... One thing is clear from this book - he had a really good time. So will anyone sensible enough to read it. * Marcus Berkmann, Daily Telegraph * You will never read a better book about the bizarre circus known as county cricket ... a very funny, often outrageous book. * Ian Wooldridge, Daily Mail * A brilliant commentary on the life of a county cricketer. * Mike Selvey, Guardian * A devastating account of English cricket and its shortcomings... The book describes the shocking lack of ambition, dedication, coaching and leadership in English cricket. * Mike Brearley, Observer * Terrific. * Harold Pinter * You won't read a better inside story of cricket and the men who play it for a living. Vigorous, funny and full of insight from a gifted observer. It was a book waiting to be written and Simon Hughes has done it. * Michael Parkinson *
About Simon Hughes
Simon Hughes won four championship medals with Middlesex between 1980 and 1991. He retired in 1994 to write for the Daily Telegraph and commentate for TV. He is the author of one previous book, From Minor to Major.