The Meaning of Cricket: Or How to Waste Your Life on an Inconsequential Sport

Author(s): Jon Hotten


Cricket is a strange game. It is a team sport that is almost entirely dependent on individual performance. Its combination of time, opportunity and the constant threat of disaster can drive its participants to despair. To survive a single delivery propelled at almost 100 miles an hour takes the body and brain to the edges of their capabilities, yet its abiding image is of the gentle village green, and the glorious absurdities of the amateur game.

In The Meaning of Cricket, Jon Hotten attempts to understand this fascinating, frustrating and complex sport. Blending legendary players, from Vivian Richards to Mark Ramprakash, Kevin Pietersen to Ricky Ponting, with his own cricketing story, he explores the funny, moving and melancholic impact the game can have on an individual life.


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"Engrossing book... Hotten explores what it is about cricket that so takes hold of the imagination... Reveal[s] the funny, moving and transformative impact the game can have on life." Bookseller "Memory and meditation twirled into a lovesong: Jon Hotten hits it out of the park" -- William Fiennes "A thorough examination of the noble art of leather on willow." UK Press Syndication

Jon Hotten is the author of four books, including Muscle and The Years Of The Locust, and writes the popular cricket blog The Old Batsman. He co-wrote the award-winning documentary Death Of A Gentleman, and his collaboration with the former England bowler Simon Jones, The Test, won the Wisden Almanack's Book Of The Year award in 2016.

General Fields

  • : 9780224100182
  • : Vintage Publishing
  • : Yellow Jersey Press
  • : 0.331122
  • : July 2016
  • : 204mm X 138mm X 25mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : October 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jon Hotten
  • : 240
  • : 240
  • : Hardback
  • : Hardback
  • : 1016
  • : 1016
  • : English
  • : English
  • : 796.358
  • : 796.358