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Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of "Bumble", the legendary SkySports cricket commentator who's one ball short of an over and delivers madcap moments galore in this ebullient, endearing and hilarious new book. David "Bumble" Lloyd is a legend in our living rooms, a genuine "good bloke" all cricket fans feel they know inside out because of his infectious, larger-th
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Published May 27th 2010 by Oakhill
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Saoirse Sterling
If you've watched Cricket for any period of time you'll know all about David 'Bumble' Lloyd and his voracious appetite for life in a weird light. It's a great book for a good insight in to a man who was the coach of England and has always had a finger firmly in that camp despite it not officially supposed to be there.

His private life is nothing spectacular, which I think if you know about him could be quite disappointing. It's mostly his views and the things he says that interests us all to sit
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Gerry
Aug 27, 2015 Gerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book that is rather like the curate's egg, good in parts, 'The World According to Bumble' has two threads to it. Firstly it deals with his life as an umpire, as an England coach and as a commentator and the personalities that he mixed with during his time in those roles and secondly it covers his private life outside the world of the media and sport. The first proves to be very interesting, the second not so interesting.

Having followed Lancashire cricket all my life, I am very familiar with 'B
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Rohan Kallicharan
Bumble is a unique phenomenon behind the microphone, and reading this book is like listening to him during a commentary stint. His absolute utter joy and love for the game comes through from start to finish. Make no mistake, he is still the little boy, privileged that cricket has been his life.

His humour is also evident. I was silly enough to read this book on a train, and I got more than one odd look as I laughed uncontrollably at his humour and antics.

However, it is not just a book of comedy.
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Lee Hider
Aug 11, 2014 Lee Hider rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bumble is without a doubt my favourite cricket commentator and the book didn't disappoint. Great stories from behind the scenes and some touching moments especially in the last chapter.
Pip Kirby
Apr 10, 2016 Pip Kirby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious in places, both his own antics and his descriptions of other well known cricketes and their propensity or otherwise to behave and / or buy a drink.
Jordan Forster
Apr 25, 2011 Jordan Forster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction-sport
A must-read for any cricket fans. Plenty of insight from one of cricket's biggest and engaging personalities on a range of topics such as the purpose and place of T20, the importance of Test Match cricket, the authority of umpires, the use of technology in modern day cricket and much more cricket and non-cricket stuff. As you would expect from someone who has been part of the game for 50 years as a player, umpire and commentator there is many an amusing anecdote about the greats past and present ...more
Tariq Mahmood
For one, I never knew that Bumble never played for England and was the captain for Lancashire, as well as umpire and the coach. But I did enjoy his stories of some of the great super stars immensely. The Bart one was Wasim Akram's which I won't spoil by repeating it here. The book is written in a style which I found rather difficult to follow. I therefore lost most of the intended funny stories narrated by the author. There was also not a great deal of international coverage form the author whic ...more
Tony Matthews
An entertaining read. (If you like cricket).
Dignan107
Nov 18, 2011 Dignan107 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
An entertaining easy read. Some good stories I'm sure were taken from his after dinner repertoire. Comes across as a genuine bloke the same way he does while commentating. I'll now try and dig out his autobiography
Emma
Oct 14, 2012 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the most in-depth autobiograpy you'll ever come across, but the book is as easy-going as the man himself - and has the same infectious sense of humour. Short chapters make it ideal loo reading :-)
Stephen
Jan 20, 2011 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
funny look at bumble's (aka david lloyd) world and at this time as sky sports presenter, cricketer , some parts of the book are laugh out loud, this book would suit cricket fans
Sharon Goddard
Aug 26, 2013 Sharon Goddard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gotta love Bumble! Terrifically funny stories and experiences
Aaron
Aug 16, 2013 Aaron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Enjoyable book. A bit of light reading and a few laughs.
Wayne Bentley
Feb 24, 2011 Wayne Bentley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cricket lovers everywhere
This is very funny and just like the man himself
Michael
Jul 31, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice read from crickets finest commentators.
Mike
Jul 09, 2013 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only for cricket officionadoes!
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David Lloyd, aka "Bumble", is a former Lancashire and England cricketer who also coached both sides. He first came to prominence on the iconic Test Match Special radio show before becoming a leading member of the SkySports cricket commentary team, and the face of their Twenty20 coverage. He writes a fortnightly column for the Daily Mail, a blog on the SkySports website, and appears regularly on Cr ...more
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