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Dan Waddell started his writing career selling stories to the tabloids before becoming a sports writer for BBC books. He is a keen genealogist and is the author of Who Do You Think You Are? Be a Family Tree Detective (ISBN 9781406327885), and two further TV tie-in books for the hit BBC TV series of the same name. He has recently published two genealogy-related crime novels, The Blood Atonement and The Blood Detective. This is his second book for children. Dan lives in London, W4. Jim Smith's witty style is inspired by cartoonists from around the world and drink cans from the 1980s. As a child he wanted to be an illustrator and has always pictured himself at a big desk with pots of pens, designing something and he went on to study graphic design, illustration and advertising at Buckinghamshire College. If he wasn't an illustrator, he would like to work in a big wooden greenhouse. Jim lives and works in London surrounded by lots of books and objects and plants.
Do you know where you came from? Who Do You Think You Are? has been a BBC hit since its first series in 2004, which ignited an extraordinary boom in researching family history in the UK. Since then, the world of genealogy has transformed and while our sources of information remain the same, our ways of accessing them have multiplied and changed beyond recognition. In this practical, easy-to-use handbook, the WDYTYA? team share their experience and expertise, essential for anyone who would like to discover their family's history. Drawing on celebrity stories to illustrate and inspire, and providing hints, tips and practical step-by-steps this pocket handbook will bring family history to life for fans of the show, and for any amateur sleuths starting out on their own journey of discovery.
Collecting hundreds of quips and quotes, and beautifully illustrated throughout, The Test Match Special Book of Cricket Quotes is a cricket fan's indispensable guide to bats, beards, boundaries and bowls. From witty sayings and wise words, to doubles entendres, and legendary moments from cricketing history, you'll find the perfect line for every occasion. 'I've never got to the bottom of streaking'- Jonathan Agnew 'On the first day Logie decided to chance his arm and it came off' - Trevor Bailey 'Bill Frindall has done a bit of mental arithmetic with a calculator'- John Arlott 'Strangely, in slow motion, the ball seemed to hang in the air for even longer' - David Acfield 'I'm not into caps with lots of diamonds on them, like KP' - James Anderson 'How can you tell your wife you are just popping out to play a match and then not come back for five days?' - Rafa Benitez on test cricket 'I don't think we choked this time. We never played well enough to choke' - Craig Matthews 'Flintoff starts in, his shadow beside him. Where else would it be?'- Henry Blofeld 'I once delivered a simple ball, which I was told, had it gone far enough, would have been considered a wide' - Lewis Carroll
As 'the voice of darts', the inimitable Sid Waddell helped transform it from an unfashionable pub game to a massively successful international sport. His uninhibited enthusiasm, classical allusions and memorable one-liners endeared him to millions. His son Dan Waddell grew up in this smoky, boozy world and witnessed Sid's turbulent journey from failed novelist and struggling TV producer to much-loved television personality. We Had Some Laughs is Dan's warm, moving and funny account of Sid's colourful life and career and a son's memories of an unconventional dad. It is also a celebration of a way of life and a story of loss - of people, places and times now gone or changed for ever. But, most of all, it's a story about fathers and sons, and the unshakeable bond between them.
For over 50 years, Test Match Special has provided listeners with every Test cricket ball, batting average, and plenty of views from the boundary, too. But how well do you know your cricket? Pit your wits against Aggers, Tuffers, Boycs and Johnners - and try not to get caught out! Can you identify the most famous players from history, name that ground or reel off well-known (and lesser-known) stats and facts. And of course, what Test Match Special would be complete without the gaffes, giggles, cakes and celebrity guests who make up a day at the cricket? With over 3,000 mind-bending puzzles about every aspect of the sport and beyond, this is the ultimate test of any cricket fan's true average.
Adolf Hitler despised cricket, considering it un-German and decadent. And Berlin in 1937 was not a time to be going against the Fuhrer's wishes. But hot on the heels of the 1936 Olympics, an enterprising cricket fanatic of enormous bravery, Felix Menzel, somehow persuaded his Nazi leaders to invite an English team to play his motley band of part-timers. That team was the Gentlemen of Worcestershire, an ill-matched group of mavericks, minor nobility, ex-county cricketers, rich businessmen and callow schoolboys - led by former Worcestershire CC skipper Major Maurice Jewell. Ordered 'not to lose' by the MCC, Jewell and his men entered the 'Garden of Beasts' to play two unofficial Test matches against Germany. Against a backdrop of repression, brutality and sporadic gunfire, the Gents battled searing August heat, matting pitches, the skill and cunning of Menzel, and opponents who didn't always adhere to the laws and spirit of the game. The tour culminated in a match at the very stadium which a year before had witnessed one of sport's greatest spectacles and a sinister public display of Nazi might. Despite the shadow cast by the cataclysmic conflict that was shortly to engulf them, Dan Waddell's vivid and detailed account of the Gentlemen of Worcestershire's 1937 Berlin tour is a story of triumph: of civility over barbarity, of passion over indifference and hope over despair.
'He played that so late, it was almost posthumous.' (John Arlott) For over fifty years, Test Match Special has provided the soundtrack to many cricket fans' lives - now this book collects its greatest hits. Here are all the witty sayings, bons mots, doubles entendres, wise words and priceless moments from the whole TMS team past and present, and of course their many and varied celebrity guests. Whether it's classic Test moments or hilarious asides from the boundary, you'll find the perfect line for every occasion. Collecting over half a century of quips and quotes, and beautifully illustrated throughout, The Wit and Wisdom of Test Match Special is a cricket fan's indispensable guide to bats, bowls, beards and bakes.
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