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    Wisden Cricketer's Almanack 2011

    This year's Wisden is published tomorrow. Here are Martin's thoughts on the 148th edition.

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    nice review, indeed.

    regarding the integrity of wisden, i am curious if they actually analysed or commented (not in this year's edition, of course) on the ecb's ill fated dalliance with stanford in the recent past, including the helicopter on the hallowed turf of lords bit. i read somewhere that it wasn't covered.
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    They gave the event rather more coverage than I thought it deserved (10 pages) - Stanford's fall from grace was dealt with in typical pithy style by Scyld Berry in his editorial notes in one page

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    ah, i see. thanks.

    in general, don't like berry too much, prefer engle and tim de lisle.


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    The Wisden Collector's Guide

    The publication of the 2011 Wisden has been immediately followed by the long awaited Collector's Guide, but is it an essential purchase?

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    Am just reading 'Standing My Ground' and finding it pretty enjoyable. Hayden gives some good insights into happenings during his career and some of the tidbits he gives regarding different players and certain things they said or did is very interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Son Of Coco View Post
    Am just reading 'Standing My Ground' and finding it pretty enjoyable. Hayden gives some good insights into happenings during his career and some of the tidbits he gives regarding different players and certain things they said or did is very interesting.
    I reviewed it for the site, not a bad read
    You know it makes sense.

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    I spotted a small obituary in the Times the other day for Ralph Barker, who wrote a number of cricket books. Aged 93 I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaremba View Post
    I spotted a small obituary in the Times the other day for Ralph Barker, who wrote a number of cricket books. Aged 93 I think.
    I have been checking Wisden for his obituary for a few years. The best of all the cricket writers for generating excitement and the feeling of being at the match

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    Anyone read the Malcom Speed book ?

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    I just ordered "Cardus on Cricket" from amazon.

    Also, does anyone know the best cricket books on players/tours from the Golden age?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Days of Grace View Post
    I just ordered "Cardus on Cricket" from amazon.

    Also, does anyone know the best cricket books on players/tours from the Golden age?
    The Golden Age of Cricket by david frith is one of my personal favourites

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    Isn't that more of an illustrated book? Are there many written passages?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Days of Grace View Post
    Isn't that more of an illustrated book? Are there many written passages?
    A lot of text but yes mainly pics.

    The bio I enjoyed the most about the period was CB Fry an English Hero by Ian Wilton

    Another good read is Test of Time about the 1897-98 tour The Viney Agency
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    "Stoddy's Mission", also by said Mr Frith, is an excellent account of the 1894/95 series in Australia

    And if you've got a few quid and can track down a copy I'd certainly recommend this very special book



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