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I am often asked who was the best, fastest or toughest bowler I ever faced and I quite enjoy giving different answers every time. Well, it keeps me amused anyway –but the underlying point is that one could revise this whole list on a daily basis and never really be right and never really be wrong - DAVID GOWER
Haigh's writing elevates it out of the tawdry. Very accessible to the non cricket fan IMO
Duncan Hamilton's Larwood is great as it has a lot of social commentary/history on Larwood's times. Appealing to anyone with an interest in that era.
i read this in reverse so i was really hoping the firth book was the suicide one
Brad McNamara @bbuzzmc
Will say this once and then nothing else. Defamation laws quite clear in Aus.be careful.
I would go with the Jackson book - it's quite short, so cricket-haters won't be put off, and of course it's a human interest story too. The tragic tale of the doomed young hero ought to appeal to the ladies.
He might not be England's top wicket taker for much longer but 33 years on Ian Botham's greatest hour can still provide a good read:
Cricket Web - Cricket Books: 500-1: The Miracle of Headingley '81
I didn't know there'd been an Alan Ross anthology, will have to seek that one out. I'm sure a review would be welcome!
I'm genuinely beyond parody now. I was headed to a party last Friday night, unintentionally walked past the house in which it was occurring, and figured I'd check out the shopping strip about 2 minutes up the road before heading back to the place.
I found a used bookshop and dropped $55 on cricket books. I have a problem.
Rhythm & Swing by Hadlee
The Game is Not the Same by McGilvray
A biography of Lindsay Hassett (can't remember the author or exact title)
Fifteen Paces by Davidson
Some book of photos (Egar? Edgar?) supported by essays from John Arlott.
The Lindsay Hassett Story by R.S. Whitington and An Eye for Cricket by Patrick Eager and John Arlott, ftr.
The Davo book, in its genuine first edition (as opposed to the crappy SBC edition) with a nice dust jacket is pretty scarce (I won't say valuable because ebay has totally shafted the market for that sort of book)
Anyone read Peter Oborne's new tome on the history of Pakistani cricket yet? I'm a massive admirer of his D'Oliveira bio.
Tory he may be, but undeniably a fair minded chap. From the one-nation, paternalistic branch of the nasty party.
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- As featured in The Independent.
"I don't think that they'll come close to us to be honest."
- Steve Smith before the Ashes
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