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Balham to Bollywood - Chris England

Hodder & Stoughton, 2002, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. Price Clipped. Pages very gently age-tanned.

Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “For some actors, the idea of being sent to the middle of a desert in India for two and a half months to act in a Bollywood movie would send them scurrying back to their agent asking for some other work — any other work.

Not Chris England. He runs his own cricket team (modestly styled ‘An England XI’), and since the Bollywood movie in question — Lagaan, Once Upon a Time in India — would feature an epic cricket match between a British colonial army team and a small Indian village in 1893, he wouldn’t just be working. He would be representing his country at his favourite sport.

This is a cricket tour diary with a difference, as Chris England charts the progress of Lagaan from the audition — a cricket match in a Eondon park — to the film’s release eighteen months later. The author’s ability to evoke the landscape and atmosphere of India is complemented by his skill in bringing to life the bizarre and often very funny world of film making.

Balham To Bollywood is a treat for cricket lovers, film fans and those who like travel books, with a difference.”


Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [VIII] 344 pages.
£7.50