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Batting on the Bosphorus: A Skoda-Powered Cricket Tour Through Eastern Europe. Angus Bell

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Following a chance encounter with a psychic, Angus Bell sets off on an 8,000-mile Skoda-powered road trip across Eastern Europe in search of a cricket match. It is an adventure which brings Bell face-to-face with fingerless fielders in the Czech Republic and Serbian MI6 agents.
Paperback, 300 pages
Published June 26th 2008 by Canongate Books
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Mark Love
Jan 18, 2013 Mark Love rated it liked it
If you drew a Venn diagram of people who like cricket and people with an affinity for the Bosphorus then I guess it would contain a rather small set of people, of whom I am one. And so this was a particularly thoughtful "welcome home" gift from a friend.

The premise is simple - an innocent abroad embarks upon a road trip in a battered skoda to play cricket in a series of eastern european countries with hilarious consequences. Well, not really. You see, once you've decided to to a trip like this t
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Bettie☯
Mar 06, 2014 Bettie☯ rated it liked it
Shelves: travel
Scottish sports writer Angus Bell's account of a cricket tour to unusual places, read by Robin Laing.

This is a unique and hilarious traveller's tale that redefines the spirit of cricket.Following a chance encounter with a psychic, Angus Bell sets off on an 8,000-mile Skoda-powered road trip across Eastern Europe in search of a cricket match. It's a gloriously batty adventure which brings Bell face-to-face with fingerless fielders in the Czech Republic, Serbian MI6 agents, and the realisation tha
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Andrea
Mar 28, 2008 Andrea rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those who like to take the less-beaten paths
A travelogue from a cricket-playing Scotsman, who found a game in practically every Eastern European country he visited.

He was searching for his elusive century.

I don't have any interest in cricket, so I have no idea what that means...

The travelogue part was more interesting than the cricket (mercifully the travel was the main focus of the book), anyone who has travelled in less-developed countries will find themselves nodding their heads at the odd situations in which Angus Bell found himself.
Alex
Apr 03, 2010 Alex rated it it was ok
Shelves: sport, non-fiction
Batting on the Bosphorus is a decent-enough read for the train or beach but it isn't as good as others out there in whatever niche it is aiming for.

If you're looking for a book that celebrates cricket in far-flung places then read Marcus Berkmann and if you want a Dave Gorman-esque adventure then read Dave Gorman (or Tony Hawks).

Bell seems to fall on the wrong side of the enthusiast/bore divide and by the end it reads too much like a 300-page CV of a journalist wanting a bigger gig.
Sydne
A journey through Eastern Europe, finding the hidden places where cricket is played. With a few very funny moments and some wonderful life stories, it unluckily still drags at times. If that is because there are too many of those stories or because the subject being cricket isn't really my field, I don't know.
As far as cultural studies go it is o.k., though not great.
John
Apr 15, 2012 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was tempted to give this one three stars, as the author can write well enough, but it's just too juvenile in places. It's about 60% cricket-focused (you really need a good grounding, and interest, in the game) and 40% general travel narrative, so if you're not in former camp (like me) be prepared to do a fair amount of skimming.
Annie
May 16, 2010 Annie rated it it was ok
I suppose I should be thankful that his outlandish fear of the vast majority of eastern european countries will keep the 'pams and cliffs' from invading for a little longer, but at the end of the day it's still disappointing to see tired stereotypes reiterated yet again....
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