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 for all devotees of the sport.
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Yes: with qualifiers. Friend would have to enjoy cricket, and have appreciated the contribution made by CMJ to this great game.
Didn't get to the ending.
Professionally narrated. Could have easily been CMJ himself. Collingwood left the impressionsthat he also genuinely enjoys cricket as a spectator, and maybe as a former player himself.
Could have been more worth it:too much emphasis on county matters and criticisms of the BBC's coverage of football to the expense of cricket.
CMJ covers his visits to the major cricketing nations, and not always treated each country fairly. He was somewhat disparaging of New Zealand and our cricket. The English snobbery showed through here - CMJ didn't feel it worthy of recording that there have been many advances in recent years, and seemed to forget that New Zealand has occasionally beaten England, and that issues of English complacency have meant a generally poor treatment by England of New Zealand as a test playing nation.