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The Vision Sings: The Book of John Arlott

by Alex Murphy

He was one of the greatest sports commentators ever, a master of metaphor with a voice rich in texture. Here is a tribute to the great John Arlott OBE in his own words...

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"I suspect that the late John Arlott would have been appalled by the name of the publishers of The Vision Sings, a collection of his wise and witty sayings, but Toilet Books are at least up front about where they expect their products to be read. Apparently the publication has the approval of Arlott's son Tim, and it is extremely entertaining, a reminder of what a perceptive, witty and literate commentator and writer Arlott Snr could be.

Here we have Ian Botham running in "like a shire horse cresting the breeze", Asif Masood, the Pakistani fast bowler, who "approaches the wicket like Groucho Marx chasing a pretty waitress", and Keith Miller being "like a cross between a Viking and an irresponsible schoolboy". There is much more: no pavilion loo should be without it."

Daily Telegraph

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