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Publisher's Summary

Anthony 'Harry' Moffitt spent more than 20 years in the SAS. His decades of service and his multiple tours in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan made him one of the regiment's most experienced and recognised figures.

Alongside the SAS, Harry's other lifetime love is cricket. An improvised game of cricket was often the circuit-breaker Harry and his team needed after the tension of operations. He began a tradition of organising matches wherever he was sent, whether it was in the mountains of East Timor with a fugitive rebel leader, or on the dusty streets of Baghdad, or in exposed Forward Operating Bases in the hills of Afghanistan. Soldiers, locals and even visiting politicians played in these spontaneous yet often bridge-building games.

As part of the tradition, Harry also started to take a cricket bat with him on operational tours, 11 of them in total. They'd often go outside the wire with him and end up signed by those he met or fought alongside. These 11 bats form the basis for Harry's extraordinary memoir. 

It's a story about combat and what it takes to serve in one of the world's most elite formations. It's a story about the toll that war takes on soldiers and their loved ones. And it's a story about the healing power of cricket and how a game can break down borders in even the most desperate of circumstances.

©2020 Anthony Moffitt (P)2020 W F Howes

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The best modern war autobiography

Ive listened to many autobiographies based on the stories of soldiers during modern conflicts. This is probably my favourite. Maybe because I too am a cricket fanatic and that aspect of this was so wholesome. The narration was as good as the book in my opinion and the Richie Benaud impersonation in particular was 10/10. Thanks for your service 'Harry', bloody legend.

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Absolutely stunning listen right to the finish

I really enjoyed this book, so much that when I finished I had to start it again. honestly funny truly sad and very humbling.. thank you Harry and the SAS team.

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Unique special forces story

Enjoyed and never bored but likewise never totally captivated. These Australian stories are important to be captured and read/heard. The lack of machismo was refreshing as was the use of cricket. Not sure the narrator had the right voice, however definitely recommend.

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great story, greater guy

I was fortunate enough to be on a course for my work, where 'Harry' presented for us. I was captivated by the presentation and found myself hanging on each word.
after a little self plug at the end about the book, I promptly purchased the audiobook. I was not disappointed. whilst not being much of cricketer, I found I couldn't put this book down, in a manner of speaking.
I would recommend this book to everyone, despite their walks of life.

Thank you for service both past and present 'Harry' and for sharing your story.

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insight - Psychology and Transition thinking.

A very insightful and thought provoking book. I loved the story telling and context forming way in which it gives understanding to the emotion and thought process.

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Eleven Bats

This is a nice flowing recount of life, family, physical and psychological requirements to pass selection and then to remain relevant and able to provide service in an elite special operations unit.
It goes a long way intertwined with the story of the eleven bats that provide memories for recount and the stories each of them has which cricket provides a grounding and release in stressful and demands of the job.

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Great book. Recommended it wholeheartedly. Enjoyed all aspects of the storyline. A book of mixed emotions.

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Loved listening to Harry's story. Every part of it. The only thing that threw me was the pronunciation of hutchie/hootchie.

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Enjoyable

From start to finish a good read.no hold backs in his writing.

What a legend!

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inspirational

best book ive listened too out of nearly 200. what a true blue aussie hero. thank you for your service mate.

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