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    I would recommend Gordon Greenidge's autobiography written in 1980.

    A few things he said about the Windies 1975/76 tour of Australia:
    He states that there is "no such thing as a good Australian umpire."
    Absolutely slates Roy Fredericks and Clive Lloyd for not helping him when he was having a torrid time in the first couple of Tests.
    He admitted he deserved to be left out of the side but slams the selection committee for promoting Bernard Julien to open.
    He gives a fairly fruity opinion of Ian Chappell based on his actions when he was given not out after getting a thick edge to Michael Holding..........and much much more as they say.
    He is also openly critical of the selectors who picked Ron Headley ahead of him for the 1973 Tour of England.

    In fact he doesn't hold back on anything, and bear in mind that this book was written when he was still a young man and that many of the people he slated were still very much involved in West Indian cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson
    I would recommend Gordon Greenidge's autobiography written in 1980.

    A few things he said about the Windies 1975/76 tour of Australia:
    He states that there is "no such thing as a good Australian umpire."
    Absolutely slates Roy Fredericks and Clive Lloyd for not helping him when he was having a torrid time in the first couple of Tests.
    He admitted he deserved to be left out of the side but slams the selection committee for promoting Bernard Julien to open.
    He gives a fairly fruity opinion of Ian Chappell based on his actions when he was given not out after getting a thick edge to Michael Holding..........and much much more as they say.
    He is also openly critical of the selectors who picked Ron Headley ahead of him for the 1973 Tour of England.

    In fact he doesn't hold back on anything, and bear in mind that this book was written when he was still a young man and that many of the people he slated were still very much involved in West Indian cricket.
    I have that one, but have not read it as yet, sounds a good read, will have to put it up my list
    You know it makes sense.

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    If you are think about buying one of the two thousand books published about the 2005 Ashes, here is one we at CW have just reviewed

    by David Frith

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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac
    If you are think about buying one of the two thousand books published about the 2005 Ashes, here is one we at CW have just reviewed

    by David Frith
    Top stuff, Arch. I'll have to treat myself to it. I'm a big fan of Frith.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby
    Top stuff, Arch. I'll have to treat myself to it. I'm a big fan of Frith.
    Yes one of the best writers on the game. I hope I can meet him one day, though he will have writers cramp by the time he signs all of my books for me

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    We have reviewed the new book by Peter Roebuck click here

    And remember if you would like to review a book we would love to hear from you

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    I will get writing my Graham Thorpe review in the next week, got coursework to do should be doing it now
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero
    I will get writing my Graham Thorpe review in the next week, got coursework to do should be doing it now
    Have not even seen that one yet on the book shelves here in OZ, so will be a good preview

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    I'm nearly finished reading Beyond a Boundary and i must say for all the political stuff i don't understand, it has some of the best descriptions of players and cricket in general.

    The chapter about cricket being an art form is simply beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero
    I will get writing my Graham Thorpe review in the next week, got coursework to do should be doing it now
    I was goin to read that, but thought it would just be the story of how his marrige ruined his life, which i don't want to read about.

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    'Being Freddie' has been voted the best sports book of the year.

    Don't get me wrong, it's a very enjoyable read (because I'm a burger-munching, beer-swilling Pom), but of the 5 cricket books I got for Christmas, I put it third.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyeddie
    'Being Freddie' has been voted the best sports book of the year.

    Don't get me wrong, it's a very enjoyable read (because I'm a burger-munching, beer-swilling Pom), but of the 5 cricket books I got for Christmas, I put it third.
    What were the other books Santa gave you Eddie?

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    The Shane Warne guide to relationships.
    The Ricky Ponting guide to captaincy.
    The Duncan Fletcher book of smiles.
    The Richard book - "how to admit you might be wrong"
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    I did enjoy Rod Nye's book on Martin Donnelly - I'm possibly biased because I played rugby with Rod's son when I was a kid. Unfortunately, Rod died a couple of years ago from a brain tumour in his 50s.

    Other books I've enjoyed are Richard Hadlee's Rhythm and Swing - a comprehensive autobiography from Hadlee and Richard Becht. Includes a good summary of the great 1980s allrounders - Hadlee, Imran, Dev, Botham and Rice.

    Cricket From The Grandstand by Keith Miller was a pretty forthright book for its time, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac
    What were the other books Santa gave you Eddie?
    Duncan Fletcher's one, Michael Vaughan's one, Ian Stafford's one and last year's Wisden.

    The last one was rubbish - no Ashes.

    I wish I'd got Marc's list.

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