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Bowling Through India

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  6 reviews
A blokes' weekend away. Yarns, jokes, sledging . . . The usual guy-time thing, right?

But for five Kiwi chaps - a high-country farmer, a radio DJ, a businessman, a photographer and a shoestring traveller nicknamed Blanket Boy - things get a bit more extreme when they decide to go to India. To play cricket. From Kolkata to Agra, Darjeeling to Delhi, they take to the pitch in
Published August 7th 2009 by Random House
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Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it
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I glared down the pitch at a bowler with 'Get lucky with an Irish Boy' plastered on his shirt. I had to pinch myself. I was in India, on an Indian pitch, facing an Indian bowler - albeit a ten-year-old.

Five mates from New Zealand venture to India for the express purpose of playing cricket. I probably would have enjoyed this more if I understood the least thing about the game, but for non-sport's fans the author offers a decent travelogue with terrific descriptions of the native culture, its hist
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Very matey and masculine but I couldn't put this down. 5 NZ guys go on a tour of India, playing cricket with the locals being their focal point. Very funny, very entertaining and like anything I read about India, it makes me want to go. Thoroughly recommended. I read it in one day. Mind you I did very little else :) ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoy cricket and travel writing, but I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I had expected I would. It might be because I haven’t travelled through the sub-continent and wasn’t able to relate this to my own experiences. With that being said, it's still a good book and I lent it to my father-in-law who really enjoyed it. ...more
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
You just know how this is going to go when you hear that these guys named their team "the Black Craps". Always interesting, sometimes hilarious, this is an account of 5 Kiwi guys on holiday in India, whose aim is to avoid visiting the usual tourist carpet shops and play cricket with local kids in as many locations as possible. They end up in some weird situations, playing with improvised equipment, catching the local lurgies and having a great time. I have called this non-fiction, though I suspe ...more
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Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a cracker, an insight into blokes and India all in one. Get up the Black Craps
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Interesting concept and written well... quite funny too
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Justin Brown is a bestselling author and creative director. For the past 15 years, he hosted a top rating music radio show in Auckland. He has published 31 books for adults and children. Bowling Through India and Kiwi Speak were two of three bestsellers he had in a single year. In 2012 he won a notable books award for his junio

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