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Title: Have We Got Enough? "Over and Out: Cricket Umpires and Their Stories" by John Gascoigne (ed) and "The Vincibles: A Suburban Cricket Season" by Gideon Haigh. [review]
Authors: Hadfield, Warwick
Keywords: Australian
Book Reviews
Publishing
Warwick Hadfield, Don Bradman, Melbourne, Warwick Armstrong, "The Big Ship", Newtown Sixths, Dickie Bird, Shane Warne, Mel Johnson, Queensland, Robin Baillhache, Kim Hughes, Viv Richard, Allan Border, Channel 9
Issue Date: Apr-2003
Publisher: Australian Book Review
Citation: Hadfield, Warwick 2003. Have We Got Enough? Review of "Over and Out: Cricket Umpires and Their Stories" by John Gascoigne (ed) and "The Vincibles: A Suburban Cricket Season" by Gideon Haigh. 'Australian Book Review', No 250, April, 55.
Series/Report no.: No 250
Abstract: When you bump into people who know Gideon Haigh - and that happens a lot in Geelong - they will tell you about his encyclopedic knowledge of cricket, his dedication to detail and his casualness with money. He also has a delicious ability to turn the mundane into the magnificent. For this is exactly what "The Vincibles" is to we weekend warriors - a magnificent vindication of our very existence. A book on umpiring seems to defeat the whole purpose of umpires. If they are doing their jobs proficiently, they should not be noticed. But they are people with egos and ambitions, too, and more than a few go out of their way to be noticed. In the end, Gascoigne has managed a bit of a Haigh: taking something that might seem pretty ordinary and making it a good read, one of those books you can jump into almost anywhere and find something to keep your interest until the train or tram gets you to where you're going - probably to watch the Yarras play.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2328/1256
ISSN: 0155-2864
Appears in Collections:No 250 - April 2003

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