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The Meaning of Cricket


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An exploration of what it is about the peculiar game of cricket that so takes hold of the imagination, from the writer of the popular blog The Old Batsman

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Jon Hotten is the author of four books, including Muscle and The Years of the Locust, and writes the popular cricket blog The Old Batsman. He co-wrote the award-winning documentary Death of a Gentleman, and his collaboration with the former England bowler Simon Jones, The Test, won the Wisden Almanack's Book of the Year award in 2016.


A beautifully written meditation on the joys of summer -- Tom Holland * Evening Standard, Book of the Year *
Hotten is not just good, he is one of the best... He has the eye for a beautifully judged phrase -- Richard Whitehead * Cricketer *
Hotten has emerged as a worthy addition to the lineage of writers who adhere to C L R James's aphorism: "What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?"... This will be a worthy addition to any cricketing bookshelf -- Tim Wigmore * New Statesman *
For those dreaming of summer, The Meaning of Cricket is accessible, fun and elegantly written. -- Hilary Mantel * New Statesman, Book of the Year *
Simultaneously playful and packed with insight ... All cricketing life is here... Hotten's writing is accessible and often moving -- Ben East * Observer *
Memory and meditation twirled into a lovesong: Jon Hotten hits it out of the park -- William Fiennes
A collection of Jon Hotten's writing that is lively with insight and anecdote, and informed by the persona of the knowledgeable and fascinated practitioner... On amateur cricket Jon is alternately hilarious and poignant, but it's when he's in his almost-a-pro-yet-somehow-not-quite vein that he truly breaks out. He considers cricket's capacity for revealing us to ourselves. -- Gideon Haigh * Cric Info *

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