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Squeezing the Orange | [Henry Blofeld]

Squeezing the Orange

The quintessentially English cricket commentator, writer, oenophile, bon viveur, collector and national treasure, fondly known as "Blowers", tells his colourful life story.Born in Norfolk and educated at Eton and Cambridge, Henry Calthorpe Blofeld OBE, nicknamed "Blowers" by the late Brian Johnston, is best known as a cricket commentator for Test Match Special on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.
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The quintessentially English cricket commentator, writer, oenophile, bon viveur, collector, and national treasure, fondly known as "Blowers", tells his colourful life story.

Born in Norfolk and educated at Eton and Cambridge, Henry Calthorpe Blofeld OBE, nicknamed "Blowers" by the late Brian Johnston, is best known as a cricket commentator for Test Match Special on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. His distinctively rich, cut glass voice and his vividly eccentric observations of life on and off the pitch, have made him a household name, not only in Britain but around the world, wherever cricket is played. Blowers has been close to the heart of the game for over fifty years and his career has taken him to the far corners of the earth.

This autobiography, stuffed to the gunwhales with delicious anecdotes, brings his astonishingly colourful story bang up to date.

©2013 Henry Blofeld (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • Laura
    Ireland
    10/21/13
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    "Most entertaining orange juice ever !"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Squeezing the Orange to be better than the print version?

    Yes definitely - to hear it in Blower`s wonderful voice is a must.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The wonderfully descriptive nature to the stories much like his cricket commentary.


    Which character – as performed by Henry Blofeld – was your favourite?

    Love his very accurate take on Johnners.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A Vintage Innings.


    Any additional comments?

    Hugely enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
    London, UK
    10/8/13
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable, warm, witty and personable."

    I've just finished this bucolic memoir, as Henry meanders throughout his life, from Nanny bowling in the garden to a charming love letter to his wife, taking in wine, cricket, adventure and enjoyment all the way along.

    For many fans of cricket, they'll have a voice they associate with the game, for many it's Arlott or Johnners, but for me it's always been Blowers. Those rich tones float out and turn what from anyone else would be another turgid maiden, into a thrilling, edge-of-the-seat-contest between bat and ball.

    Whilst there's probably too much cricket in this for many non-fans, Henry's mellifluous tones, and zest for life are a treat in themselves, and bring to mind everything wonderful about being British.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Graham H. Jones
    ELY,Cambs,UK
    7/30/14
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    "Excellent stuff from an ex public schoolboy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    He is an unashamed snob - got to read it!


    What does Henry Blofeld bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Lots of fascinating facts - second only to Johnners.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Long Room And All That.


    Any additional comments?

    A smashing read from a snob of the highest level - from a privileged background comes a plethora of stories. This guy didn't have to try hard - he is a successful and funny snob of the Eton variety.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
    Wantage, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "Quintessentially British"

    There are some sounds that epitomise Britishness.
    Church bells on a Sunday morning, the thwack of willow on leather and test match special.
    Henry Blofeld or 'Blowers' is a voice that I will always associate with lazy summers as the sound if long wave radio drifted through the house or over the garden hedge.

    An interesting tale from a classic Bon Viveur. Much like Test Match Special from where Blofeld found fame, sit back and let his voice wash over you as you would with his cricket commentary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timbo
    uk
    1/21/14
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    "Disappointed"

    Unfortunately, having been spoilt with tales of Jonners and some excellent cricketing tales this was a bit of a let down. Got 5 hours through it and had to give up. Not all bad, some interesting pieces but on the whole very underwhelming. Maybe it is a big ask to compare Blowers to Jonners hence why this book failed to deliver.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    Doncaster, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "My dear old thing!"
    Where does Squeezing the Orange rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Blowers. They don't make them like him anymore


    Have you listened to any of Henry Blofeld’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Yes, a comedy show. This one is brilliant


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    My dear old thing


    Any additional comments?

    This is a marvelous book with loads of funny stories and happenings from Blowers life. Also, a brief glimps in to a world many of us will never know of Eton college and so forth. A must read for listeners to Test Match Special or just lovers of cricket. Brilliantly read and wonderfully written too it is one of the best books I have read this year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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