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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"Most entertaining orange juice ever !"
Yes definitely - to hear it in Blower`s wonderful voice is a must.
The wonderfully descriptive nature to the stories much like his cricket commentary.
Love his very accurate take on Johnners.
A Vintage Innings.
"Excellent stuff from an ex public schoolboy"
He is an unashamed snob - got to read it!
Lots of fascinating facts - second only to Johnners.
The Long Room And All That.
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.
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.
"My dear old thing!"
One of the best
Blowers. They don't make them like him anymore
Yes, a comedy show. This one is brilliant
My dear old thing
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.
"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.
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.
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