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James Astill is the political editor of The Economist. He was formerly the newspaper's South Asia Bureau Chief, stationed in New Delhi 2007-2010. He has also worked as the newspaper's defence editor, energy and environment editor and Afghanistan correspondent. He has won several journalism awards including America's Gerald R. Ford Prize for Reporting on National Defence, the Grantham Prize for Excellence in Environmental Reporting and a Ramnath Goenka Award for writing on India.

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"Ambitious...The combination of reporter's notebook, sporting history and a descriptive style makes The Great Tamasha compelling reading." -"Financial Times
" "A stirring study by an enthusiast of the game."-"Kirkus Reviews" "Pensive... at turns historical, sociological, and journalistic.""-Publisher's Weekly" "As Jacques Barzun said about understanding America through baseball, so Astill's book gives an insightful take on modern India."-"Booklist""" "Peppered with star-studded interviews and transcripts of historic matches, Astill's history is a boon for any fan of cricket or interested bystander. Combining supple narrative and hard-hitting journalistic styles, his prose is a pleasure to read, with frequent wry humor bringing tears to the eyes."--"Shelf Awareness"
"The Great Tamasha is a book of breadth rather than depth. It buzzes with field trips and brisk interviews that sometimes bring insight, and more often momentum and freshness...His depiction is close-up and entertaining." -"New York Times Book Review
" "Ambitious...The combination of reporter's notebook, sporting history and a descriptive style makes The Great Tamasha compelling reading." -"Financial Times
" "A stirring study by an enthusiast of the game."-"Kirkus Reviews" "Pensive... at turns historical, sociological, and journalistic.""-Publisher's Weekly" "As Jacques Barzun said about understanding America through baseball, so Astill's book gives an insightful take on modern India."-"Booklist""" "Peppered with star-studded interviews and transcripts of historic matches, Astill's history is a boon for any fan of cricket or interested bystander. Combining supple narrative and hard-hitting journalistic styles, his prose is a pleasure to read, with frequent wry humor bringing tears to the eyes."--"Shelf Awareness" "Energetic reporting and a fluent grasp of history...a compelling rendering of a cricket-mad country." -"New Yorker "

The Great Tamasha is a book of breadth rather than depth. It buzzes with field trips and brisk interviews that sometimes bring insight, and more often momentum and freshness His depiction is close-up and entertaining. "New York Times Book Review"

Ambitious...The combination of reporter's notebook, sporting history and a descriptive style makes The Great Tamasha compelling reading. "Financial Times"

A stirring study by an enthusiast of the game. "Kirkus Reviews"

Pensive at turns historical, sociological, and journalistic. "Publisher's Weekly"

As Jacques Barzun said about understanding America through baseball, so Astill's book gives an insightful take on modern India. "Booklist"

Peppered with star-studded interviews and transcripts of historic matches, Astill's history is a boon for any fan of cricket or interested bystander. Combining supple narrative and hard-hitting journalistic styles, his prose is a pleasure to read, with frequent wry humor bringing tears to the eyes. "Shelf Awareness"

Energetic reporting and a fluent grasp of history a compelling rendering of a cricket-mad country. "The New Yorker""


"The Great Tamasha is a book of breadth rather than depth. It buzzes with field trips and brisk interviews that sometimes bring insight, and more often momentum and freshness...His depiction is close-up and entertaining." --New York Times Book Review

"Ambitious...The combination of reporter's notebook, sporting history and a descriptive style makes The Great Tamasha compelling reading." --Financial Times

"A stirring study by an enthusiast of the game." --Kirkus Reviews

"Pensive... at turns historical, sociological, and journalistic." --Publisher's Weekly

"As Jacques Barzun said about understanding America through baseball, so Astill's book gives an insightful take on modern India." --Booklist

"Peppered with star-studded interviews and transcripts of historic matches, Astill's history is a boon for any fan of cricket or interested bystander. Combining supple narrative and hard-hitting journalistic styles, his prose is a pleasure to read, with frequent wry humor bringing tears to the eyes." --Shelf Awareness

"Energetic reporting and a fluent grasp of history...a compelling rendering of a cricket-mad country." --The New Yorker

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