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“I'm writing a book on magic”, I explain, and I'm asked, “Real magic?” By real magic people mean miracles, thaumaturgical acts, and supernatural powers. “No”, I answer: “Conjuring tricks, not real magic”. Real magic, in other words, refers to the magic that is not real, while the magic that is real, that can actually be done, is not real magic.”
― Lee Siegel, 'Net of Magic: Wonders and Deceptions in India'
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
Indians can't bowl - Where has the rumour come from as I myself and many indian friends arwe competent fast bowlers ?
With the English bid I said: Let us be brief. If you give back the Falkland Islands, which belong to us, you will get my vote. They then became sad and left
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.
"The PFA does not represent players when they have broken the law and been convicted on non-football matters."
- Gordon Taylor in 2009 following Marlon King's release after a prison sentence for sexual assault & ABH
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