'Part travelogue, part memoir and wholly engaging' Daily Mail
Bestselling author and hugely popular commentator David 'Bumble' Lloyd takes the reader on an unmissable and hilarious tour of the cricketing world as he searches for the perfect pint.
After more than 50 years involved with cricket as a player, international, umpire, coach and now commentator, David Lloyd has travelled the world. It's all a long way from his childhood, growing up in a terraced house in post-war Accrington, Lancashire. But cricket has taken him all over the globe, and he has experienced everything from excruciating agony Down Under to the Bollywood glamour of the IPL - he's even risked it all to cross the Pennines into Yorkshire.
In Around the World in 80 Pints, Bumble relives some of the most exciting and remarkable periods in his life, showing how his travels have opened up new and exciting avenues for him. The book is packed full of brilliant stories from famous Ashes matches and Roses clashes, sharing the commentary box with Ian Botham and Shane Warne, and much else besides - all told in his idiosyncratic style that has won him so many fans the world over. His previous autobiography, Last in the Tin Bath, was a huge bestseller, and this one is sure to appeal to anyone who shares Bumble's unquenchable love for cricket - and life!
David 'Bumble' Lloyd was born in 1947 and played cricket for Lancashire and England between 1965 and 1985, winning nine Test caps, later going on to coach England in the 1990s. But it was as a hugely popular commentator and pundit that he achieved greatest acclaim. His most recent books are Last in the Tin Bath and Around the World in 80 Pints.
'He has joined the likes of John Arlott, Brian Johnston and Henry Blofeld as one of the inimitable (and mimicable) commentators on the summer game... The book has plenty of anecdotes involving the greats of the game - Fred Trueman, Wes Hall and, inevitably, Geoffrey Boycott... Around The World In 80 Pints is discursive, convivial, seasoned with tall stories and chock-full of wisdom dispensed without rancour or hubris - a bit like spending an evening in a pub with Bumble himself. Perfect for dipping into during those pesky rain interruptions between play.
– Michael Simkins, Daily Mail
'A memoir focusing on his favourite cricket places… packed with his characteristic humour and strong views, which in the Sky commentary box are delivered in his distinctive broad Lancastrian tones.'
– The Times
‘The irrepressible David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd looks back at some of his favourite cricketing places, sharing in the process 50 years of memories, from early days in post-war Accrington to travelling the world as a player, coach and pundit.’
– Choice magazine
‘A whole catalogue of chuckle-raising asides… Lloyd lets us have it all… Lloyd is perhaps at his best recalling past escapades of his playing days but is equally forthright on the direction of the modern game. He doesn’t hold back on the effect 20-over cricket is having on the county and Test brands, the crowded Test fixture list, lopsided county fixtures plus the commercial side of the sport.’
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