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Chinaman

by Shehan Karunatilaka

If you are looking for something really different, try this debut novel about cricket starring a dying, alcoholic Sri Lankan obsessed with a missing spin bowler. You'll learn a lot of forgettable facts about cricket, but you'll remember the multitude of characters and their numerous idiosyncrasies. An appealing mixture of laughter, tears and social satire - well recommended.

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If you have never seen a cricket match; if you have and it has made you snore; if you can't understand why anyone would watch, let alone obsess over this dull game, then this is the book for you.

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