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    Just about to start Beyond a Boundary which arrived via ebay this week. Thanks to all for your suggestions on how to get it, and to SJS for your kind offer.

    OT, but I'm just finishing up Norman Mailer's The Fight about Ali-Foreman. Not cricket of course, but I'd recommend it to anyone. First couple of chapters pretty self-indulgent, but ot gets better and abetter as it goes along.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt79 View Post
    Finally got my hands on a copy of "Mystery Spinner" by Gideon Haigh, without spending $60+ on Ebay. Has been my white whale in second hand book shops for three years now.
    About 150 pages through,managed to get it for 3 on Amazon marketplace and it is a fantastic read. Have not read many cricket biographies but I think few I will read in the future will be as good as this. Has certainly made me more likely to read cricket books in the future though.

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    Thinking of selling a fair bit of my collection, quite a few new books in there as well. Going to keep the Cardus and Haigh books, but aside from that all fair game. Guess ebay is the best choice to flog them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pasag View Post
    Thinking of selling a fair bit of my collection, quite a few new books in there as well. Going to keep the Cardus and Haigh books, but aside from that all fair game. Guess ebay is the best choice to flog them?
    Or Alibris, but eBay is probably easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pasag View Post
    Thinking of selling a fair bit of my collection, quite a few new books in there as well. Going to keep the Cardus and Haigh books, but aside from that all fair game. Guess ebay is the best choice to flog them?
    Are you allowed to list them here first mate?
    You know it makes sense.

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    Yeah, I'll put them all here and let everyone have first dibs. Will try make a list after the weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pasag View Post
    Yeah, I'll put them all here and let everyone have first dibs. Will try make a list after the weekend.

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    I have just finished rating the book suppliers I have bought more than once from. The rating is based on time taken for delivery to India. So if there is a book seller in your own country you will surely have better experience

    Code:
    Book store	Country	RANKING
    
    
    Ian Dyer	UK	EXCELLENT
    Dorset Rare	UK	EXCELLENT
    Martin Hanks	UK	EXCELLENT
    
    BRIMSTONES	UK	VERY GOOD
    Inkt           	UK	VERY GOOD
    Silver Trees	UK	VERY GOOD
    G&J CHESTERS	UK	VERY GOOD
    Still Water	UK	VERY GOOD
    World of Books	UK	VERY GOOD
    
    Bookbarn 	UK	GOOD
    JW McKenzie	UK	GOOD
    Fairandfast	UK	GOOD
    Quartermelon	UK	GOOD
    
    Christison Rare	SAF	AVERAGE
    Arcadia     	AUS	AVERAGE
    Book Lore	AUS	AVERAGE
    
    Books & Bobs	UK	BELOW AVERAGE
    Greener Books	UK	BELOW AVERAGE
    SonnetsAnd 
     Symphonies	UK	BELOW AVERAGE
    LongRead 	UK	BELOW AVERAGE
    Bookzone-
     Bracknell	UK	BELOW AVERAGE
    Lost for Words	NZL	BELOW AVERAGE
    Godley      	UK	BELOW AVERAGE
    Internet-
     Bookshop	UK	BELOW AVERAGE
    
    Hindsight	NZL	POOR
    St Marys	UK	POOR
    Matheson-
     Sports 	NZL	POOR
    J.R.YOUNG  	UK	POOR
    
    Victoria	UK	TERRIBLE
    Hummingbird	UK	TERRIBLE
    Huxley's	SAF	TERRIBLE
    Panda Books	UK	TERRIBLE
    The average delivery times in days are
    • Excellent : 5 to 10
    • Very Good : 10 to 15
    • Good : 15 to 20
    • Average : 20 to 30
    • Below Average : 30 to 45
    • Poor : 45 to 60
    • Terrible : 60 to 100


    PS : I am inclined to put Matheson Sports in the terrible category since after a very good start their service has really declined. Three of the books sent by tehm in April and May are still to arrive !!
    Last edited by SJS; 24-09-2009 at 11:22 AM.

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    Just finnished Mystery Spinner which was a great read, only recently started reading cricket books but have lots to get through now (hoping this does not detract from reading for my MA which starts tomorow.)

    Took advantage of book store closure to pick up some really cheap books, got Treso's book and Peter Oborne#s book on Basi Doliveria, will start one of these later today.

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    Arch, if you're short of reviews I should be able to let you have one by Sunday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpski View Post
    Arch, if you're short of reviews I should be able to let you have one by Sunday.
    Great, will need one for Monday week

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    I have just started an MA in History and we need to write an essay on anything we like which includes some kind of method of historical research, thought I would take the oportunity to write something about cricket, my first idea was to compare the lives, careers and attitudes of gentlemen and professionals in the so called golden age of English, cricket. ideally through the lives of two players. Would be a huge help if anyone (probably SJS or archie mac) would be able to recomend books in general about the Golden age and more importantly any diaries or autobiographies written by players during this era?

    I have already bought The Golden Age of Cricket, 1890-1914 by David Frith and Great Characters from Cricket's Golden Age by Jeremy Malies and am awaiting their delivery but any recomendations would be fantastic.
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    David Frith and George Plumptre have both written books called "The Golden Age of Cricket" which deal with it generally and which should be easily available

    Jeremy Malies has written a book called "Great Cricketers of the Golden Age" which is a series of player profiles which again isn't difficult to find

    All the major characters have been the subject of at least one biography - if any specific individuals interest you let me know and I'll tell you what there is about - autobiographies are thinner on the ground but there are a few around

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    Thanks, it is all pretty hazy at the moment as term has just started and nothing has to be written anytime soon and I do not have to finalise my topic until December. It has to incude investigation of primary sources so autopbiographies are key and newspaper articles from the time are key.

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    There is a book called "Chats from the Cricket Field" by WA Bettesworth which was published in 1910 and which is a collection of interviews with cricketers from the previous 20 years which has a real period feel to it - trouble is like almost all cricket books of that vintage its not cheap - still depending on where you're located if the time comes I may be prepared to admit you to the fertang library



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