Zimmer Men: The Trials and Tribulations of the Ageing Cricketer

Zimmer Men The Trials and Tribulations of the Ageing Cricketer Ten years after Rain Men Marcus Berkmann returns to the strange and wondrous world of village cricket where players sledge their teammates umpires struggle to count up to six the bails aren t on

  • Title: Zimmer Men: The Trials and Tribulations of the Ageing Cricketer
  • Author: Marcus Berkmann
  • ISBN: 9780349119151
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ten years after Rain Men , Marcus Berkmann returns to the strange and wondrous world of village cricket, where players sledge their teammates, umpires struggle to count up to six, the bails aren t on straight and the team that field after a hefty tea invariable loses.

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    1. [Short review from memory until I re-read and re-review at a later date:Charm, and all that, but I really don't recall much else. Nostalgic, probably.]

    2. This book, like any given England test match, is a book of contrasting innings. The first blocks, leaves, swings and misses before eventually nicking off trying to knock one out of the park for a swash buckling 20-ball duck. Then, with a chapter called "Raining all over the World", the second comes to the party with cover drives, square cuts and inside-out sixes over extra cover that make anyone over the age of 35 start waxing lyrical with adjectives like 'elegant', 'majestic' and 'Gower-esque'. [...]

    3. Charming and makes you pleased to be a fan of the odd English game played all over the UK during the summer months. Plenty of laughs are had, I don't think I'll forget the cricket team that were skilled at chirping!! So to finishYou had me in stitches, Birkey! Dr Birkey? When's the next book out Doc?

    4. This is a funny book but will only really be of interest to cricket enthusiasts.Although I did occasionally laugh out loud it didn't get anywhere near as funny as 'England their England' by A C Macdonnell.This book has a description of a village cricket match which is so funny I couldn't read it out loud to my school class as I kept being overcome by fits of giggles.

    5. A really entertaining read - even for non-cricketers or for the cricketing widow - of life as a sad middle-aged (and ageing) social cricketer. Very funny and, alongside Fatty Batter, rates as one of the best accounts of the obsession that is the amateur game.

    6. Not many books make me laugh out loud. This one really did-mostly because the references to being a fortysomething and a sad git struck a chord! A must for any cricket fan.

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