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Christopher Martin-Jenkins, or CMJ to his many fans as well as listeners of Test Match Special, is perhaps the voice of cricket; an unparalleled authority whose insight and passion for cricket as well as his style of commentary have captured what it is that makes the sport so special. In his many years as a commentator and journalist – reporting for the BBC, The Times and the Cricketer among others – CMJ has covered some of the biggest moments in the sport’s history. And in this memoir CMJ looks back on a lifetime spent in service to this most bizarre and beguiling of sports and tells the stories of the players, coaches and fans he met along the way. Recounted with all the warmth and vigour that has endeared CMJ to generations of cricket fans, this memoir relives the moments that defined modern cricket and which shaped his life in turn. It is a must-have book for all devotees of the sport.
“Like the man himself, the BBC broadcaster and writer for The Times, CMJ’s memoir is graceful, amusing, as modestly affirmative of triumphs as it is gallantly tolerant of tragedies. In short, he is decently collegiate and Corinthian towards a game so radically changed since he first played it as a schoolboy and parlayed it to his friends.
As a former president of the Marylebone Cricket Club ( he stepped down last year) CMJ will be expected to be discreet, even-handed even, about the crises and characters of English cricket. And so, sportsmanlike, he is for most of the book. Though he allows leeway for entertaining stories about colleagues.
As a charmed life, told charmingly, the story of CMJ’s lifetime love for his family, colleagues, friends and the game will give pleasure to many fans.” The Times
“CMJ reminds us of the good manners, the discretion and the ardour of the amateur tradition.” TLS
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
PUBLICATION DATE: 12 April 2012View all Books