Coming to another prolific writer I enjoy
Originally Posted by SJS
- Cricketers of My Time
- Pavillioned in Spendour
- Cricket : The Golden Ages
- Cricket : My Pleasure
Books by other prolific writers who deserve more than one of their works to be considered . . .
- EV Lucas : The Hambledon Men
- Gideon Haigh : The Summer Game
- David Frith : Walter hammond : The Reason Why
- RC Robertson Glasgow : Rain Stopped Play
- Fingleton : Brightly Fades The Don
- Ray Robinson : Between Wickets
- Denzyl Batchelor : Days Without Sunset
If I really have to name just Ten books and am allowed to leave out the prolific writers who will tend to crowd out others by quantity as well as quality I will probably chose (may change the next time I do this). I have tried to cover different subjects viz, coaching, tours, history, anthologies etc . . .
1. The Great Batsmen : Their Methods at a Glance - by Fry and Beldam - for the fabulous, priceless and extremely rare action pictures of the players of a hundred years ago. No amount of written words could have shown me how Grace, Trumper, Ranji and Maclaren batted as well as I got to know from this fantastic collection. Anyone who can afford it should buy it. If you cant afford it today, make a note of it to remember to buy it as soon as you can :)
2. A History of Cricket (2 volumes) Harry Altham and Swanton - Easily the best book on the subject. Wish someone would write a third volume covering the period from 1960 till date.
3. Turn of The Wheel by PGH Fender The finest tour book by the finest captain never to lead his country and it shows in the book.
4. The Players by Ric Sisson - a poignant account of the plight of the professional cricketr in England at the turn of the last century.
5. The Art of Captaincy by Brearley - The best book by a massive margin on the subject.
6. The Art of Cricket by Bradman - The finest book on cricket technique/coaching that you can find.
7. Beyond A Boundary by CLR James - widely acclaimed the greatest cricket book. Even if you dont agree, just read it and you will know why it is rated so high.
8. The Best of Cricket Fiction (2 Volumes) by Leslie Frewin - again the best collection of cricket fiction which is something not talked of much and many cricket fans are deprived of a great source of entertainment.
9. Picador Book of Cricket (Edited by Ramchandra Guha) - There are so many cricket anthologies and its difficult to chose one. Here is an anthology that I suspect has been compiled from different anthologies (apologies to Guha if thats not the case) which makes it a very fine collection and it has the articles very well categorised. My favourite book out of India even if it is just an anthology.
10. Harold Gimblett : Tormented Genius by David Foot - probably he best biography one has read from the hundreds available.