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?
01. Victor Trumper 02. Warren Bardsley 03. Clem Hill 04. Charlie Macartney 05. Warwick Armstrong 06. Monty Noble 07. George Giffen 08. Hugh Trumble 09. Jack Blackham 10. Fred Spofforth 11. Ernie Jones
01. Jack Hobbs 02. WG Grace 03. Kumar Ranjitsinhji 04. Johnny Tyldesley 05. Frank Woolley 06. Stanley Jackson 07. Frank Foster 08. Arthur Lilley 09. George Lohmann 10. Tom Richardson 11. Sydney Barnes
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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'You will look very silly said Mr Salteena with a dry laugh.
Well so will you said Ethel in a snappy tone and she ran out of the room with a very superier run throwing out her legs behind and her arms swinging in rithum.
Well said the owner of the house she has a most idiotick run.'
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)
Last edited by watson; 17-06-2014 at 06:53 PM.
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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