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A Lot Of Hard Yakka

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Between 1980 and 1993, Simon Hughes was a regular on the county circuit, playing alongside Brearley, Gatting, Edmonds and Botham. This is an anecdotal look at the ups and downs, the lifestyle, the practical jokes and shear hard yakka of county cricket.
Paperback, 13th Edition, 311 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Headline (first published 1997)
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Sep 03, 2016 Henry rated it really liked it
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As a highly dysfunctional young boy, county cricket was one of my early obsessions. I harboured a dislike for all things Middlesex, the affluent, glamourous half of London it seemed to me, with the team and ground to match. Surrey was my love, the Oval in the late 1980s, with its run down gasometers and crumbled down comprehensive school neighbours, and absence of scrambled eggs and smoked salmon neckwear, might have been separated by a mere mile or two, but to me reflected South London soul abo ...more
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Jan 22, 2013 Jerry Smith rated it really liked it
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Hard Yakka is a book I have been meaning to read for probably 15 years and I finally got around to it. I love this style of writing - humerous, self-deprecating and providing an insight into a world we probably never otherwise see.

Pretty much a book of its time, covering the late 80s and early to mid 90s. I would be interested to learn how things have changed on the county circuit since then, as the game has become more professional and the money has risen, not to mention the new forms of the ga
I really don't believe that I had heard of Simon Hughes until I read his books. He later turned up as an analyst on Channel 4's cricket coverage.

However, his skill in producing a perfectly created, hillarious book about his cricket exploits is brilliant.....

My favourite quote from the book is of John Emburey [famed English spinner] who noticed that his bat was broken and so eloquently stated "the f**king f**kers f**king f**ked". Thereby proving that cricketers are just as verbose as their footba
Jan 27, 2011 Craigb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a cracking read for any cricket fan. Since leaving the game Simon is one of the best cricketing commentators in the game. If you're wondering why then read this book. He tells the story of his career in county cricket. (I loved the stories of Gatting's famous breakfasts.) Simon was not good enough for the test team but he still got to play State cricket in Australia. A thumbs up from me if you like your cricket.
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This book was read by Media/Film Studies teacher Gary Eastwood as part of the Six Book Challenge. Here is his review:

"This was listed for prestigous William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award; It's easy to see why. Hughes captures the mood fantastically of being a 'nearly man' on the cricketing scene and does so in such an amusing and irrelevant fashion."
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Oct 06, 2015 Sean Mccarney rated it it was amazing
Great stories from the life of a county cricketer in the days when the game was an extension of being good at sport at school, when fitness was about how many beers you could fit in with lunch and before sports science reared its ugly head!
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Very good sports book. The life and times of an average player written with wit and a large dose of world weariness.
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Simon Peter Hughes is an English cricketer and journalist. He is the son of the actor Peter Hughes, and the brother of historian Bettany Hughes.

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