Interested to read that you picked up '100 Years of Test Cricket' as it was a Christmas present I received from Santa in 1977 or 78. I still have the book, and still read it because of the great photos.
Does your edition have Tony Greig and Greg Chappell on the front cover?
FAVOURITE: 1. Barry Richards - 2. Victor Trumper - 3. Rohan Kanhai - 4. Brian Lara - 5. Garry Sobers - 6. Frank Woolley - 7. Alan Knott - 8. Maurice Tate - 9. Dennis Lillee - 10. Sydney Barnes - 11. Colin 'Charlie' Blythe
Have to say I'm not much of an Ed Smith fan - didn't really enjoy Hard Ball; in the first chapter of this book I feel he misapplies Gould's logic on the evolution of talent, and in the second misses the mark on why Zidane head-butted Materazzi in the World Cup final. Though I've only read two chapters.
Just read "Then Came Massacre". Biog of Maurice Tate. A good read about a childhood hero who, it turns out, lived about 400 yards from where I lived during said childhood.
I've never managed to see quite why Ed Smith's writing is so widely acclaimed - on the other hand his old man Jonathan's book, "The Following Game", is excellent
I just read a recent review and Archie signed off with "Recommended by the Mac." Now I don't read too many of the reviews so is this common or a sign that the end of days is upon us?
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Some book suggestions please.......
I belong to a women's only Book Club, but was drafted into the group because they liked the idea of having a "male perspective" on various topics and issues. So I get to be the token male.
Anyway, I thought that it was about time that the ladies were introduced to the masculine world of cricket via a cricketing classic that might also appeal to the feminine mind. I was was thinking of David Frith's book on Archie Jackson. Would that be a good choice, or are there better choices more suited to women folk?
(I do realise that I am setting myself up for some happy ridicule here, but some serious suggestions amongst the mirth would be good just the same)
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You sly old fox - that's a clever way to get amongst the chickens - good luck to you!
As to the question the Frith book is an excellent idea - others that I would suggest might appeal would be Duncan Hamilton's biography of Harold Larwood, and Tresco's autobiography
btw, good luck with all those women Watson, you sly old fox....
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