Thomas Winsden's Cricketing Almanack

When this classic spoof was first published in 1983, the sports department at the Daily Telegraph rang the publisher to complain of a misprint in the title, and a well known radio commentator berated the author for daring to make fun of the cricketers' bible. But cricket fans loved it - and so did professional cricketers and umpires. (Test Umpire David Shepherd carried a copy in the pocket of his white coat and would read bits out during hold ups in play.) Thomas Winsden's Cricketing Almanack has been out of print for years - but now it's available as an e Book on Amazon (and a regular in Amazon's bestseller lists).

No one laughed louder than the real editor of Wisden at extracts read out aloud in the Press box.

Daily Telegraph

A chuckle a page spoof.

Kent Evening Post

It is a sort of Monty Python's guide to cricket - an irreverent but fond look at the game...the book caters for all senses of humour: the stupid, the droll, the slightly perverse and the warped and it is obviously written by a person who knows the game.

Haywards Heath

Provided aficionados appreciate the fun side of their sport they'll have a rare old chuckle or two.

Sunday Post

You will find Thomas Winsden's Cricketing Almanack a treat...of course, it is a spoof of Wisden and has similar topics inside. Its 122 pages are witty and very funny.

Cricket World

You need to be a real cricket fan to understand the humour here - but among cricket lovers this book is now regarded as a classic.

Extracts appeared in the retro cricket magazine "Backspin" in 2014 and 2015.

Contents include:

  • French cricket and world beach championships
  • Sandwich makers averages and league tables
  • Useful tips for women cricketers
  • What umpires carry in their pockets
  • Prayers for cricketers
  • Etiquette for spectators
  • Greatest tours no 17: the Germans in France 1916
  • And much, much, much more