A Beautiful Game: My Love Affair with Cricket
Mark Nicholas, anchor for Channel Nine's commentary team in Australia and Channel 5's Cricket on Five show in the UK, has a unique knowledge of and perspective on the game around the world. As both a former player and now a professional observer and commentator, he knows all the key figures in the sport and has witnessed first-hand some of cricket's greatest moments.His book is a passionate, personal and deeply insightful account of the game he's been so close to throughout his life. Informed by Mark's own experiences and observations, and filled with wonderful anecdotes, larger than life characters and an extraordinary breadth of cricket knowledge, it shows exactly why cricket really is the world's beautiful game.'This book brings out Mark's wonderful knowledge and infectious passion for cricket - two of the things that make listening to him and reading him so enjoyable.' SHANE WARNE'A Beautiful Game is a page turner and there can be no higher praise than that. Mark's craft as a writer, with his sharp eye for detail and keen sense of humour, shines throughout.' SIR MICHAEL PARKINSON'Vision, knowledge, enthusiasm: three of the attributes that give Mark authority and respect. The book reflects his passion for the game, and it's his ability to tell the stories that makes it so special. It's a great read.' MICHAEL VAUGHAN'A love letter to cricket marked by incident, insight and all the craft of one of the best and most likeable figures of our times.' STEPHEN FRY'Mark has been a powerful salesman for the game on television. He has brought that same passion . . . to his thoughtful and entertaining book.' IAN CHAPPELL'I loved it. If I was buying one cricket book this year, it would be A Beautiful Game.' WASIM AKRAM
Mark Nicholas captained Hampshire for the best part of twelve summers, passing 1000 runs in a season on ten occasions, making 36 first-class hundreds and leading the county to four titles. He also captained England A in nine unofficial Test matches.Mark went on to become a presenter and commentator with Sky TV, Channel 4 (whose coverage won three BAFTA awards) and now Channel 5 in the UK. He has been a fixture on Channel Nine's cricket coverage in Australia since the summer of 2003-04. For sixteen years he was a sports feature writer with the London Daily Telegraph and had two spells in radio for talkSPORT. He has twice been named Sports Presenter of the Year by the Royal Television Society.Mark has worked on other television programs, including the UK edition of Survivor and the cooking show Britain's Best Dish. For five months of the year he lives in Sydney and for the rest of the time in London.