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Fibber in the Heat: Following England in India - A Blagger's Tale | [Miles Jupp]

Fibber in the Heat: Following England in India - A Blagger's Tale

Fanatical about cricket since he was a boy, Miles Jupp would do anything to see his heroes play. But perhaps deciding to bluff his way into the press corps during England's Test series in India wasn't his best idea. By claiming to be the cricket correspondent for BBC Scotland and getting a job with the (Welsh) Western Mail, Miles lands the press pass that will surely be the ticket to his dreams. Soon, he finds himself in cricket heaven - drinking with David Gower and Beefy, and sharing bar room banter with Nasser Hussain.
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Fanatical about cricket since he was a boy, Miles Jupp would do anything to see his heroes play. But perhaps deciding to bluff his way into the press corps during England's Test series in India wasn't his best idea. By claiming to be the cricket correspondent for BBC Scotland and getting a job with the (Welsh) Western Mail, Miles lands the press pass that will surely be the ticket to his dreams.

Soon, he finds himself in cricket heaven - drinking with David Gower and Beefy, sharing bar room banter with Nasser Hussain, and swapping diarrhea stories with the Test Match Special team. Amazing! But struggling in the heat under the burden of his own fibs, reality soon catches up with Miles as - like a cricket-obsessed Boot from Evelyn Waugh's Scoop - he bumbles from one disaster to the next.

A joyous, charming, yet cautionary tale, Fibber in the Heat is for anyone who's ever dreamt about doing nothing but watching cricket all day long.

©2012 Miles Jupp (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

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    June Leyburn, United Kingdom 18/06/2012
    June Leyburn, United Kingdom 18/06/2012 Member Since 2010

    I'm a bookseller and love a good book- be it literary or trashy and eventhough I spend all day with books I love a good listen at night!

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    "It's Just Not Cricket!"

    I know absolutely nothing about cricket and wouldn't have read this as a book but I adore Miles Jupp so I wanted to hear this as he is reading it himself.
    It is more than just a cricket book- it is a hilarious listen as he goes through his love of the game and the journey, both actual and spiritual, he takes to what he thinks is going to be his dream job.
    An absolute hoot!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Sidcup, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
    Barry Sidcup, United Kingdom 13/04/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "Superb"

    This started life as a stage show that was hugely enjoyable and has now been extended to full length book. A must for both fans of cricket and for those who are ambivalent, it mixes humour and pathos as it follows Miles Jupp's attempts to pass himself off as a cricket journalist on England's tour of India through to his final realisation of the reality of his love for the game. I saw the show three times; this is a permanent and extended reminder of those, one one that can be listened to again and again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Simon STOCKBRIDGE, United Kingdom 07/04/2013
    Simon STOCKBRIDGE, United Kingdom 07/04/2013
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    "Miles Jupp at his best"

    This audio book is awesome, a brilliant accompaniment to TMS!! 10/10, a nice journey of troubles disappointing and triumph, in a cricket kind of way!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marvin Lincoln, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    Marvin Lincoln, United Kingdom 23/12/2012 Member Since 2008

    Comedy and history (or a combination of both) are my listening choices. Oh, and Bill Bryson.

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    "Bowled over"

    I am not a fan of cricket at all. However I am a fan of Mr. Jupp. He is someone who is rather embarrassed about being posh but is really funny with it. A very likeable character. On the whole I found this audio book charming, funny and very well read by the author. But I'm afraid I feel I missed out a lot not being a fan of, in my opinion, the very dull game of cricket. If you are a fan of Miles but not a fan of cricket, then still a good listen. If you are fan of cricket but not a fan of Miles, it's still a good listen. If you don't like either, avoid.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Worcester, United Kingdom 11/09/2012
    Kevin Worcester, United Kingdom 11/09/2012
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    "A good listen for a Cricket fan"

    Quite a good listen really into the goings on of someone trying to be a cricket journalist. Funny in places but definately worth getting if your a cricket fan!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M Tewkesbury, United Kingdom 18/07/2012
    M Tewkesbury, United Kingdom 18/07/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "Trials and Tribulations of a Wanna Be!"

    Essential reading for me as a cricket nut who writes a little. The narrative is a little like one of those dreams where you are wading through treacle whilst trying to run a 100m race. His efforts to obtain the coveted media passes were beset by such difficulties, that you could almost touch the frustration. A little dark in places when he becomes disillusioned with his attempts to join the ranks of cricket journalists but it is all handled with humour and a great deal of self-deprecation. I'm glad I listened

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    IYER Singapore, Singapore 24/12/2012
    IYER Singapore, Singapore 24/12/2012 Member Since 2012
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    "Tragi-comic yarn of chasing a dream"

    A true story that is quite light hearted in its plot line, but stil manages to be touching. Miles Jupp, as can be expected from a comedian with a reputation with children, is very good in the funny parts. But what I found more interesting is the intorspection that he has to go through as the tour does not go well for him at all, in terms of logistical issues, all the time wresting with the reality known only to him that he is an imposter. The darker parts lend balance to the book and enhance it.

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    Barry Sidcup, United Kingdom 19/07/2012
    Barry Sidcup, United Kingdom 19/07/2012
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    "From stage to page successfully"

    This narrative started life as a live show which was universally acclaimed - and deservedly so. Now Miles Jupp has expanded this into a full length account of his rather naive attempt to become a cricket journalist on England's tour of India. His performance of the book is every bit as wonderful as the show. Often hilarious, sometimes heart wrenching, always engaging we accompany him as he chases his dream through a whole string of obstacles through to it's - and his - ultimate realisation.

    You don't need to be a cricket fan to enjoy this book. It's a great reminiscence on any level.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    KW Lancashire, United Kingdom 12/03/2014
    KW Lancashire, United Kingdom 12/03/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Delicately and touchingly hilarious"
    Where does Fibber in the Heat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Miles's narration of his own book is superb, fully expressing the often understated humour of his work.


    What other book might you compare Fibber in the Heat to, and why?

    It's difficult to compare this to anything else - part travel diary, part biography, part cricket book, part comedy.

    I'd highly recommend it.


    What about Miles Jupp’s performance did you like?

    Miles is very understated in the way he speaks, often underplaying the events, even those which paint him in a good light. It's an exceptional listen.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh frequently, often with the more throwaway remarks.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stan Huddersfield, United Kingdom 30/09/2013
    Stan Huddersfield, United Kingdom 30/09/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Entertaining and very listenable"
    What made the experience of listening to Fibber in the Heat the most enjoyable?

    Miles Jupp is an interesting man with an understated but much appreciated sense of humour. Listening to this was a joy - cricket fan or not! If you like his performances elsewhere, you will probably love this.


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    "Bailed out after 2 chapters -- nothin' happening"
    How could the performance have been better?

    A real voice actor would have done better.


    Any additional comments?

    I gave it a good try, but after 2 chapters with no interesting characters developed and very little plot development, I couldn't go on.

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