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    I recall my Dad has a load of these books, on all sports, but the cricket books I recall for sure are the 1961 Ashes, 1960-1 West Indies in Australia and A Typhoon Called Tyson. I keep bugging him to get them out of the loft, but being as I now live in California I can't exert too much pressure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pratters View Post
    Rain Men
    What a book!

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    Is there any Series book on Windies acrimonious tour of NZ in 1980

    would also like to know if anyone recommends the Geoff Howarth's Shaken But Not Stirred - written I think many years after he retired in 1985.
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    Think I must be Indian as well. All it takes is to criticise an NZ bowler that I think is good and bam!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krishna_j View Post
    Is there any Series book on Windies acrimonious tour of NZ in 1980
    I'm afraid not - you'd have to rely on biographies/autobiographies of the participants - there is a chapter on the first test in Lynn McConnell's book about NZ victories - and Wisden of course


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    Quote Originally Posted by Krishna_j View Post
    would also like to know if anyone recommends the Geoff Howarth's Shaken But Not Stirred - written I think many years after he retired in 1985.
    Just to catch you out it's called "Stirred but not Shaken" and the main writing credit goes to Ian Hepenstall. It was published in 1998 so he'd have been free of any contractual difficulties but I can't claim to have actually read more than a couple of chapters, which, as nothing springs to mind, can't have been too memorable

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    just one more question - why is it that many kiwi autobographies have these quirky titles ?

    Is it to catch attention or to highlight the laid back attitude ?



    ian smith , Danny Morrison , Martin smith , John wright , Martin Sneddon , Geoff Howarth et al


    I've read Rhythm and Swing and Playing Mantis and found them to be among the best - Out on a Limb was pretty disappointing

    Which are the good ones ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJS View Post
    Impossible to chose really. There are so many.

    I dont mind trying to list my favourite books without a number in mind :0 I will take them author-wise.

    Neville Cardus
    • Good Days
    • The Summer Game
    • A Cricketer's Book
    • Days In The Sun


    Having said that, pick up any book by Cardus and you will love it. I do
    Coming to another prolific writer I enjoy

    Thomson AA
    • 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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SJS View Post
    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.
    There is an Indian anthology edited by Guha and another writer which is also quite good though slimmer.
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    I am looking at buying ten more cricket books in the coming couple of months. Which books do you consider are must haves in a cricket book collection? Kindly suggest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaremba View Post
    What a book!
    I regretfully couldn't get this book as my brother failed to order it. Will do so the next time for sure. Which one do you suggest among Zimmerman and Penguins Stopped Play or should I read both of them after reading Rain Men.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pratters View Post
    Andrews, Bill. The Hand that Bowled Bradman. Memories of a professional cricketer.

    Cardus, Neville. Days in the Sun. A cricketer's journal. London,1924

    Cashman, Richard. The "Demon" Spofforth. Kensington, (New South Wales), 1990

    Fingleton, J.H. Batting From Memory. An autobiography.

    Foot, David. Wally Hammond. The Reasons Why. A biography.

    Hughes, Simon. A Lot of Hard Yakka.

    Piesse, Ken. The Taylor Years. Australian Cricket 1994-99

    Thomson, A.A. Cricketers of My Times

    Low, Robert. W.G. A Life of W.G.Grace. 1st 1997

    Simon Rae - WG

    In Quest of the Ashes - Jardine

    Cricinfo Guide to Int cricket 2009 (I always find this book useful while watching games)

    Cricket's strangest Matches

    Hansie Cronje - Authorised Biography

    Fast Men - Frith
    These are the books I finally managed to purchase last time. I am reading W.G. by Robert Low which has been suggested by Archie to be the better biography on Grace among those available. It has been very good so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJS View Post
    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.
    I will get the two volumes next time for sure as I am deeply interested in the subject. My knowings have been through John Major's More Than a Game which is a pretty good book covering cricket history at a basic level.

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    On another note, which are the best books on stadiums to buy? I am looking at Lord's and other possible venues which have created very good books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJS View Post
    Impossible to chose really. There are so many.

    I dont mind trying to list my favourite books without a number in mind :0 I will take them author-wise.

    Neville Cardus
    • Good Days
    • The Summer Game
    • A Cricketer's Book
    • Days In The Sun


    Having said that, pick up any book by Cardus and you will love it. I do
    Quote Originally Posted by SJS View Post
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    Coming to another prolific writer I enjoy

    Thomson AA
    • Cricketers of My Time
    • Pavillioned in Spendour
    • Cricket : The Golden Ages
    • Cricket : My Pleasure
    Are these in ranking order? I have bought Cricketers of My Time and Days in the Sun. How would you people rank Cardus and Thomson's books?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pratters View Post
    Are these in ranking order? I have bought Cricketers of My Time and Days in the Sun. How would you people rank Cardus and Thomson's books?
    No they are not ranked.

    Thomson is very good but he is no Cardus



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