Simon yozzer hughes was a seamer who played 12 seasons for middlesex and two for durham. Simon hughes was a rightarm fastmedium bowler who was a key part of the middlesex side through the 1980s, although his contributions tended to be overlooked in a side that was packed with. A history of the ashes in 12 matches by simon hughes. Simon hughes is one of the leading commentators on cricket today having played over 350 games for middlesex and durham during his career.
Former bowler turned cricket journalist delivers an engaging. Hughes is an innovator of the sport and his book shows he is greeted by the same old rhetoric. Simon hughes after dinner speaker speakers corner speakers. He is the son of the actor peter hughes, and the brother of the classical historian and broadcaster bettany hughes cricket career. Simon hughes is channel fives the analyst and the author of a number of bestselling cricket books. He started writing for the independent while still playing, and has written for the daily telegraph and broadcasted for the bbc since his retirement in 1994. Ive read a number of books relating to this subject matter, but im yet to find one as interesting, thought provoking and entertaining as this one by simon hughes. A players view on fellow players a lot of them household names, i found this hard to put down. Simon hughess and god created cricket is even odder. From the early 1880s the rivalry between these two great sporting nations has captured the public imagination and made sporting legends of its stars.
Between 1980 and 1993, simon hughes was a regular on the county circuit, playing for middlesex until 1991 before moving on to durham at the end of his career. Cricket and life the art of batting books and arts. He has written nine books, including the autobiographical a lot of hard yakka for which he won the william hill. Find hughess records, biography, centuries, runs, wickets. Crickets greatest rivalry a history of the ashes in 10 matches book. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read and god created cricket. Mike brearley discusses the art of captaincy and other great cricket books. Vic markss top 10 books on cricket books the guardian. Simon hughes looks at the latest in test match, oneday international and county cricket, including rs 500 rs 475. Simon hughes audio books, best sellers, author bio. A fastpaced, distinctive history of the iconic, 7yearold cricketing rivalry between england and australia published in the year of backtoback ashes.
Wilde tells the story with clarity and a pleasing lack of bias. Simon peter hughes also known as the analyst is an english cricketer and journalist. Book simon hughes crickets the analyst gordon poole. Jim white savours and god created cricket by simon hughes. He then forged successful careers in journalism and television. Middlesex fast bowler turned broadcaster, he is one of contemporary cricket s most admired writers and analysts with sharp technical insights to the sport. He is affectionately called the analyst and provides a unique service to tv, newspapers and radio as he explains the game in fine detail and gives historical context to matches. Read about simon hughess profile, latest news, articles, career updates only on. This is the second simon hughes book i have read the other is the ashes in ten matches and would recommend that one as well. This is not an autobiography of a good county pro, but a look at the ups and downs, the lifestyle, the. Vic marks is a cricket writer and the coauthor of the wisden illustrated history of cricket.
Visit my portfolio to see examples of my work, or join my patreon for a deep dive into my sketchbooks and my daily life. Crickets greatest rivalry, a history of the ashes in 10 matches, by simon hughes no other sport has a fixture like the ashes. Simon hughes author simon hughes won eight titles with middlesex, including four county cricket championships, between 1980 and 1991 before finishing his playing career at durham. From the william hill awardwinning author of a lot of hard yakka comes crickets greatest rivalry. Simon hughes and simon mann look back on a momentous year and consider the books of the year with duncan hamilton. He then moved into tv and became known as the analyst for his groundbreaking work on channel 4s cricket coverage, winning two baftas for his unique way of explaining the game. The balance between analysis and humour works well and i would recommend this book to anyone that is interested in the art of batting, cricket generally or sports psychology. Simon hughes has 31 books on goodreads with 2818 ratings. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Hughes takes us on a breathless tour through cricket history, the great players, personalities, matches and events.
Ashes it was number two tim paine spills out dirty ashes confession normally, obviously, youd run off wisden staff may 9, 2020. He is perhaps best known for his work as the analyst on channel 4s cricket coverage from 1999 to 2005. Simon hughes won eight titles with middlesex, including four county cricket championships, between 1980 and 1991 before finishing his playing career at durham. Online shopping from a great selection at books store. And god created cricket by simon hughes waterstones. A fastpaced, distinctive history of the iconic, 5yearold cricketing rivalry between england and australia published in the year of backtoback ashes contests. The times from the william hill awardwinning author of a lot of hard yakka comes crickets greatest rivalry a history of the ashes in 10 matches by simon hughes. View entire discussion 53 comments more posts from the cricket community. In 2002 he won the royal television societys sports pundit of the year award, while his insights during the epic 2005 ashes series brought the technical side. Great technique and plenty of wit from the analyst.
Middlesex fast bowler turned broadcaster, he is one of contemporary crickets most admired writers and analysts with sharp technical insights to the sport. And god created cricket by simon hughes penguin books. I do a drawing almost every day to document my life, to entertain my children, to teach my students, and to help me think. Simon hughes looks at the latest in test match, oneday international and county cricket, including framebyframe pictorial acconts of batting and bowling techniques, past golden moments from english cricket.
He is the son of the actor peter hughes, and the brother of the classical historian and broadcaster bettany hughes. Simon hughes is a very readable author, just as in his autobiography a lot of hard yakka and id recommend and god created cricket to anyone who wants to find out about the personalities, history and development of the game. Mike brearley, mike gatting, phil edmonds and ian botham. Buy and god created cricket first thus by hughes, simon isbn. Guardian readers voted it the third best book ever written about sport, the paper itself asserting that to say the best cricket book ever written is pifflingly inadequate praise. Crickets greatest rivalry a history of the ashes in 10 matches by. Simon peter hughes, also known as the analyst is an english cricketer and journalist. Sir simon henry ward hughes born 17 may 1951 is a former british politician. Books by simon hughes author of a lot of hard yakka.
Nothing in sport emulates life and death so acutely as a cricket innings. He started writing for the independent while still playing, and has written for the dai. Simon hughes humour is always there, but it is the depth of the knowledge he has obviously gained from his research that provides the basis for the book, upon which he has lavished both detail and his keen observation. Simons media career started in newspaper journalism and progressed into writing books, one of which a lot of hard yakka won the william hill sports book of the year award. Crickets greatest rivalry by simon hughes adrian books. Simon has written seven other books including yakking around the world and the. Explore books by simon hughes with our selection at. Simon hughess most popular book is a lot of hard yakka. He started writing for the independent while still playing, and has written for the daily telegraph and. His extravagantly praised a lot of hard yakka is seen as the defining account of the.
Simon hughes stops off at his favourite as well as the key moments in english cricket history. His anecdotes from life as a cricketer, journalist and commentator appeal to all audiences as he transcends sporting boundaries. I have a lot of respect for simon hughess knowledge of the game and have enjoyed his previous books. Hughes is a good writer and an able analyst, but this jokey history of the game is misconceived, lacking both jokes and joinedup history. Michael henderson, the times another wonderful sports book on the shelves this summer is a brilliantly presented history of english cricket written by simon wilde. Simon barnes, the cricketer a meaty book, and it has to be. Simon hughes check hughess news, career, age, rankings. Best known today as the analyst on channel 5s cricket highlights a job he previously held when channel 4 provided live coverage simon hughes was a jobbing mediumfast bowler for middlesex and durham between 1980 and 1993. At latymer upper school he was an outstanding fast medium bowler of awayswing and captained the school xi successfully. British broadcaster and journalist simon hughes is a hard working behind the scenes figure who is well known to cricketing fans. Simon hghes busts the jargon surrounding test cicket. Having coached cricket and in particular batting as a procoach, this book is.
Simon peter hughes born 20 december 1959, kingston upon thames, surrey, also known as the analyst is an english cricketer and journalist. He had a bothamesque bowling arm and was knocking on englands door early in his early 20s. Triumph and torment a county cricketers life by simon hughes and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Listen to mike brearley discusses the art of captaincy and other great cricket books and 226 more episodes by the analyst inside cricket, free. A lot of hard yakka and the follow up, the equally amusing yakking around the world will appreciate his latest effort, crickets greatest rivalry, an irreverent history of the ashes. Hughes is also the chair of the local governing body of bacons college rotherhithe and chair of the london bubble theatre, senior. William hill awardwinning writer simon hughes, no mean player himself, has lived and breathed cricket his whole life and now takes his analytical skills and typically irreverent eye to charting the history of english cricket. And god created cricket ebook written by simon hughes. And god created cricket by simon hughes is a really good and amusing summary of the history of the game from the very beginning to the present day. A fastpaced, distinctive history of the iconic, 7yearold cricketing rivalry between england and australia. An appreciation of the past is more generally found among cricket devotees than those of any other sport, a fact understood perfectly by simon hughes in and god created cricket.914 1460 68 1097 877 821 1042 564 1284 1066 439 97 410 388 86 300 1443 157 281 1066 475 1319 1405 717 876 1382 1394 18 288 968 593 793 1234 1040 353 363 841 608 1125 1274 1106 267 799 443