As a cricketer Simon Hughes enjoyed not immoderate success as a bowler with a championship-winning Middlesex side. As a writer, his previous effort A Lot of Hard Yakka, a tale of the life of an English county cricketer, won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award in 1997.

Nowadays, Hughes can be found filling the role of “The Analyst” on Channel 4′s test match coverage. Clearly a man of more than one talent, Hughes has now chronicled his travels around the cricketing globe as player and journalist. And as a success, Yakking Around The World stands comfortably amongst his other achievements. Having visited every test-cricket-playing nation, Hughes narrates his odyssey in whites with much aplomb. From London to Lahore via the Leewards, and many other exotic locations, he spices his recollections with memories of the local people and hospitality, with most specific and humorous reference to varying degrees of success with the native womenfolk. Cricket has often been twinned with travel writing, but rarely can it have been married with stories of red-blooded sexual desire! Hughes shakes all three into a splendidly funny cocktail and comes up with a winner. –Trevor Crowe

Yakking around the World: A Cricketer’s Quest for Love and Utopia




  1. D. Waddell says:

    I finally picked this book up and expected the most, being a big fan of Hughes’ first book. This, however, is so bad it is embarrassing. He really should have come up with something new for his second book, rather than retreading some pretty wheezy anecdotes. Badly written, sloppily edited, the book never fails to disappoint… Someone should have scuppered this at the idea stage – it makes Botham look like Descartes.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. I thoroughly enjoyed ‘A lot of hard yakka’ and belived that Simon Hughes would find it difficult to better that book. He manages it however in ‘Yakking around the world’ Whether you are a cricket fan or not you will laugh out loud at Simon’s exploits around the globe! What’s next, ‘Yakking around Sky Television? A very enjoyable read!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is a highly-entertaining, informative and well-written book which I just sat down and read from beginning to end. Whilst travelling to exotic, far-away places to play cricket may sound an enviable life-style for a young man, Simon brilliantly portrays the distinctly unglamorous aspects of this sporting life, as well as examining in some detail and with sometimes brutal honesty the travails of a young man yearning for female companionship. If I have a crticism, it is only that in trying to ensure that he doesn’t paint himself as all-conquering macho-man, he is sometimes almost too self-effacing. Honest, entertaining and thoroughly worth buying. I ended up buying four copies for friends – the ideal present to lighten up Christmas !
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. An excellent book with a vast number of stories to keep you interested. The way the author tells us about the best and worst things in a country is capitivating. He’s not afraid to say what he thinks but above all it is very funny indeed. Even if you don’t like Cricket you will still find this amusing.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. A totally excellent book. Even if you hate cricket you can relate to the stories in this book. It gives an informative but funney guide to the major cricket playing nations. It will soon have you rating each country you visit (as well as woman you meet!) with Simons unique rating.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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