Instantly acquire all the knowledge you need to become an expert in the arcane and labyrinthine game of cricket. Never again confuse a square leg with a very fine leg, a doosra with a jaffa, or a long hop with a leg break. Bask in the admiration of your fellow cricket lovers as you pronounce confidently on the finer points of play, the limitations of the players, and why the umpire needs to see an optician. But, above all, effortlessly hold your own against those who emerged from the womb consulting a copy of Wisden.
Written by experts and offering readers the opportunity to pass off appropriated knowledge as their own, the Bluffer's Guides provide hard fact masquerading as frivolous observation in one witty, easy read.
A self-proclaimed all-rounder, James Trollope has been playing village cricket for 25 years during which time he's gained a reputation for running out his batting partners, refusing to walk and producing revolting teas. A promising career as a TV reporter in Sussex came to a premature end when his editor refused to accede to his demands to cover local news from the comfort of the County Cricket Ground, Hove. A hurried, anxious bat, Nick Yapp never fulfilled the potential that early days on the beach at Worthing suggested. His slow bowling, however, has been famously popular with batspersons all over South London. Ever a Surrey fan, he had to take a double dose of his heart pills when he saw them win the Championship in 1999.