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The Bowler's Holding, the Batsman's Willey
The Bowler's Holding, the Batsman's Willey

The Bowler's Holding, the Batsman's Willey

The Greatest Collection of Humorous Sporting Quotations Ever!


432 Pages, 6 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95)

Publication Date: June 2007

ISBN 9780091918415

Rights: US

Penguin Random House UK (Jun 2007)
Ebury Press

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"He dribbles a lot and the opposition doesn’t like it—you can see it all over their faces." —Ron Atkinson"Rugby is a good occasion for keeping 30 bullies far from the city center." —Oscar WildeWhether over the moon or sick as a parrot, sportsmen and women can invariably be relied upon to come out with an amusing quote, even if it’s not always intentional. The Bowler's Holding, The Batsman's Willey provides the definitive collection of sporting wit, from participants and observers alike. The book covers the full gamut of the sporting spectrum and providing over 4,000 side-splitting quotes—some examples of incisive sporting wit, others inadvertent howlers never to be forgotten; ranging from the cutting remarks of Brian Clough and Muhammad Ali to the studied observations of John Arlott and the hilarious gaffes of Murray Walker. The Bowler's Holding, the Batsman's Willey is an absolute must for any sports fan.


"Ideal birthday present fodder and perfect on-the-bog literature . . . Top work all round." —All Out Cricket

"The ultimate compendium of humorous quotations . . . Marvelous." —Yorkshire Evening Post

"Undoubtedly a definitive collection." —The Good Book Guide

Author Biography

Former sports journalist Geoff Tibballs has written nearly 100 books, many of them on sport and humor, with titles including Great Sporting Eccentrics, Great Sporting Mishaps, and The Mammoth Book of Comic Quotes.