Reading for pleasure when there's not much pleasure to be had
Cricket has a reputation for fostering fine writing, yet most followers of the game probably don't know (or care) about the leading players' reading tastes (or whether they read at all). It therefore comes as a surprise to read on Cricinfo that the troubled England team has set up, apparently at the instigation of Andrew (Freddie) Flintoff, a book club:
"They bring their own books in to discuss and exchange them with the others. Fred has just given me a new book to read," said a team spokesman, "he felt it would be a good idea to help the guys talk and think about things not associated with cricket."
Speaking of good writing, David Fine, the poet of the Ashes, is negotiating with a publisher about producing book of his poems.
Adelaide, capital of South Australia, a place (someone once said) which "is not exactly the end of the earth but if you stand on the roof you can see it". Matthew Engel Financial Times (UK) 9 December 2006.
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