Penguins Stopped Play : Eleven Village Cricketers Take on the World, Paperback

Penguins Stopped Play : Eleven Village Cricketers Take on the World Paperback

3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


It seemed a simple enough idea at the outset: to assemble a team of eleven men to play cricket on each of the seven continents of the globe.

Except - hold on a minute - that's not a simple idea at all. And when you throw in incompetent airline officials, amorous Argentine Colonels' wives, cunning Bajan drug dealers, gay Australian waiters, overzealous American anti-terrorist police, idiot Welshmen dressed as Santa Claus, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and whole armies of pitch-invading Antarctic penguins, you quickly arrive at a whole lot more than you bargained for. Harry Thompson's hilarious book tells the story of one of those great idiotic enterprises that only an Englishman could have dreamed up, and only a bunch of Englishmen could possibly have wished to carry out.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray General Publishing Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Humour
  • ISBN: 9780719563461



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The book starts with Harry and his friends playing cricket in Antartica and, as the title says, Penguins stopped play!A village cricketers diary of a bunch of friends, colleagues or whoever they could pick up along the way that wanted to play cricket as they travel around the different continents to play cricket.A real-life account (which normally puts me off straight away) which was great fun to read. You see how everyone regardless of the land wanted to win the game. And how the village cricket team drowned their sorrows. A bunch of guys having fun, most of the times, and keeping it all in a diary. They go from Argentina to South Africa to Antartica to Europe all places are covered......even with the "help"of British Airways ;-)If you like these sort of books and like cricket then it is a book to read. If you just pick it for the unusual title stop there and slowly walk away this is not for you.

Review by

A fantastically funny and intriguing book about what can happy if you decide to take cricket around the world. I enjoyed this book, even though I'm not a cricket fan. Suitable for everyone who enjoys a good laugh, but I'm sure a little knowledge of cricket terminalogy would make the reader appreciate the humour even more.