Exciting news – for me at least. I’ve published a book – the Fiendish Cricket Quiz Book.
I was looking for Cricket quiz books for my Kindle and found only one – and I reckoned I could write a better one.
So I did. You can buy the book in Kindle format from Amazon.
Publishing on Kindle isn’t too tricky if you know a bit of HTML and the net result of all this is that Mark Hoult’s Fiendish Cricket Quiz Book can now be snapped up for under a fiver on Amazon.
One of the things I most enjoyed about compiling the 1,500 questions was a chance to dip into the really old cricketing records.
It was great to read again about the exploits of awesome county performers like Phil Mead, Charlie Parker and Tich Freeman as well as the absolute legends of our grandparents’ time like SF Barnes, Wilfred Rhodes and of course Jack Hobbs.
Cricket back then was a different affair to today, with no one day cricket and a relentless treadmill of county championship matches allowing the great performers to do just enough to pick up 100 wickets or 2,000 runs a season without over-exerting themselves.
I’ve always liked cricketers who played on into their forties and beyond. These days a cricketer needs an inner hunger to do this. A hundred years ago it was real hunger that forced old pros to play on as long as they could.
So I enjoyed reading again about Phil Mead of Hampshire shuffling out to bat well into his forties, scoring heavily whenever needed before retiring to the slips where he caught everything he could reach while letting his team mates chase the ones he couldn’t.
I rediscovered the old story about SF Barnes being the best bowler the West Indies faced on their 1928 Tour – even though he was 55 and playing club cricket.
And I found countless other trivial, unusual and – for me at least – fascinating and freakish cricketing stats and anecdotes as I trawled my way through cricket history.
While this may not rank as one of life’s greatest achievements I had a really good time writing this illustrious tome and hope you enjoy scratching your head working out the answers to the most fiendish questions.