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In IT'S JUST NOT VILLAGE CRICKET, the picturesque rural village of Woodfield Magna, unchanged for centuries, was confronted by powerful forces, including corrupt local government officials, determined to destroy the village's character with new housing estates. In this new book, inspired by PG Wodehouse and Tom Sharpe, Philip Algar follows the efforts of the government, hostile to the countryside, to impose its will on the rural communities and, in particular on recalcitrant Woodfield Magna. Using dubious methods it insists that new homes must be built. How can the residents fight this new challenge and what role can a rare insect play? There are other issues facing the village. The government has initiated studies into rural crime and Woodfield Magna, which has no crime, is confronted by numerous and curious journalists with dire consequences. A government department has spent millions converting an old hotel into a luxury "halfway" house for young criminals. The local policeman has to abandon giving lectures on the evils of drugs, to elderly residents who rely on them, and on "Dogs are not just for Easter", to deal with the crime wave but are the juveniles responsible? There is an unusual incident at the village fete involving a sexy celebrity that puts Woodfield on a tabloid's front page. The primary school headmaster, obsessed with political correctness and health and safety issues, achieves national notoriety, when, during a television programme, he offers some bizarre views. Woodfieldians resent the government's spiteful banning of the sale of stamps at post offices and other central government follies impinge on the local community. Even the Prime Minster, keen to be applauded for taking "tough decisions" becomes involved and this leads to a very unusual broadcast followed by a historic event at the airport. The book pokes fun at politicians, "celebrities", political correctness, public relations, official statistics and the media and offers many perceptive and amusing asides on contemporary society, as Woodfield Magna's residents struggle to live their lives free from official diktats and interference.