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    Quote Originally Posted by SJS View Post
    My favourite book on the Golden Age of Cricket is A A Thomson's Cricket - The Golden Ages.. Its a lovely book.
    Nothing Thomson wrote was anything less than lovely, but this one I found to be well below the gold standard he struck in the likes of Odd Men In and Cricket My Pleasure. It has probably the same problem as Hirst and Rhodes, in that its author was a far more gifted rambler than he was a plotter or a chronologist. Much like Robertson-Glasgow and Harry East, in fact, he was at his best when he was at his freest.

    If you manage to read all this you dont need more reading on Trumper although their are beautiful pieces of prose on his batting by others including Cardus and Batchelor.
    The latter being criminally underrated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by neville cardus View Post
    Nothing Thomson wrote was anything less than lovely, but this one I found to be well below the gold standard struck in the likes of Odd Men In and Cricket My Pleasure. It probably suffers the same problem as Hirst and Rhodes, in that its author was a far more gifted rambler than he was a plotter or a chronologist. Much like Robertson-Glasgow and Harry East, he was at his best when he was at his freest.



    The latter being criminally underrated.
    Cant say I disagree with much of that. I still cant recall anything I have read on the Golden Age, large enough to be the subject of a book, which is better. There are plenty of good articles of course.

    By the way, where have you been hiding my friend ?

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    Mike Down's biography of MacLaren and Simon Wilde's of Ranji both give a flavour of the Golden Age that books that deal solely with the cricket don't - they're far from the only ones but are possibly the best

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    About two thirds into Tresco's autobio. Great book and very candid, upsetting in fact.
    Yes, I read it last week. As you say, not a comfortable read.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    Mike Down's biography of MacLaren and Simon Wilde's of Ranji both give a flavour of the Golden Age that books that deal solely with the cricket don't - they're far from the only ones but are possibly the best
    Wilton on Fry was also very good

    Yet to read the Ranji effort but will have to find a copy

    two-thirds of the way through Willow Wand, great read
    You know it makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac View Post
    Wilton on Fry was also very good

    Yet to read the Ranji effort but will have to find a copy

    two-thirds of the way through Willow Wand, great read
    Keep meaning to read Wilton's book - I've read Ellis's and once tried to read "Life Worth Living" but couldn't get on with it

    Must also pick up a copy of the biography of Mrs Fry who I hear was just as mad as he was

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    Keep meaning to read Wilton's book - I've read Ellis's and once tried to read "Life Worth Living" but couldn't get on with it

    Must also pick up a copy of the biography of Mrs Fry who I hear was just as mad as he was
    I quite enjoyed LwL, but although I loved the Wilton effort I was annoyed that he did not show a photo of a young Mrs Fry who he wrote was a very pretty. But yes they must have been at the best different

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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac View Post
    I quite enjoyed LwL, but although I loved the Wilton effort I was annoyed that he did not show a photo of a young Mrs Fry who he wrote was a very pretty. But yes they must have been at the best different
    did he have any photograph of Mrs. Fry, even at old age? Willing to relax the rules a little bit here....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bagapath View Post
    did he have any photograph of Mrs. Fry, even at old age? Willing to relax the rules a little bit here....
    you'll learn some more about her here

    and if I still can't do links cut and paste this

    The Indomitable Beatie

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    you'll learn some more about her here

    and if I still can't do links cut and paste this

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    thanks dude. made the weekend interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    you'll learn some more about her here

    and if I still can't do links cut and paste this

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    Quote Originally Posted by bagapath View Post
    thanks dude. made the weekend interesting.
    That photo is the same as the one in the CB Fry book, perhaps there are no more?

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    Just did a quick count of the reviews we now have on the site, and it came to 178. I can still remember asking James if we could start a book review section. He told me I had to come up with at least six reviews, which was fair enough, you can't start a section with just one

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    .... best decision he's made in a long time

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    .... best decision he's made in a long time
    well I've had an awful lot of help since those first six

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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac View Post
    That photo is the same as the one in the CB Fry book, perhaps there are no more?
    No there aren't. Not in the public domain anyway. CB Fry himself, of course, is a much photographed man



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