A hilarious odyssey in which an amateurish bunch of English eccentrics go cricketing across the globe
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.
Praise for Harry Thompson and Penguins Stopped Play: - .
Actually completely brilliant - Ian Hislop
A real gold standard sense of humour - David Baddiel
Rare, clever, creative ... a maverick, pushing boundaries with outrageous jokes - Guardian
Crammed with sharp observation, comic and cruel characterisation and a great many very good jokes... Gloriously funny and life-affirming - Daily Telegraph
Surely the funniest book ever written about the English addiction to cricket...a beautiful tale of classic British humour, self-deprecation, great courage - Daily Mail
Even people who despise cricket will adore this - Times
Isn't only a marvellous read but in many ways captures the very essence of the game - Observer
Harry Thompson is the inventor and editor of many TV comedy series including Have I Got News For You and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. He is the author of acclaimed bestsellers, including Peter Cook: A Biography. His most recent book is a historical novel, This Thing of Darkness. He worked as a producer at Talkback TV and in his spare time ran an infamous cricket team, the Captain Scott XI. He died in November 2005.