Will report back when I have spoken to John McKenzie
By the way, the accompanying volume,GREAT BOWLERS AND FIELDERS Their Methods at a Glance is even more difficult to procure.
I am referring to the book published by Boundary Books in 2000 rather than the original Beldam/Fry books
It was mentioned in a few posts on page 73 - I think it was £125 on publication
Does anybody know of a good book detailing the whole Cronje affair, right from the start to his death? The Hanse Cronje Story looks like it fits the bill, but it has a terrible review on amazon, albeit from the only reviewer.
Anyone read it, or suggest a better one?
Stuart's review -- while strongly advising against Perry's, which is overwritten, under-researched and quite likely disingenuous.
Go for it: King is an evocative writer with considerable narrative skill. I understand that his book outsold Harry Potter in Bloemfontein, the place of his subject's birth.Originally Posted by gio
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"To go to a cricket match for nothing but cricket is as though a man were to go into an inn for nothing but drink." - Neville Cardus
"What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?" - CLR James
http://www.cricketweb.net/cricketbooks/4893.php - I was probably a bit too nice in giving it 2.5 stars.
Perry as an author REALLY gets up my nose. I detest it greatly when authors cut corners, or even worse, potentially make up stuff to suit themselves.
How he ever found a publisher after Captain Australia is beyond me. At one point in that mess, Sir Home Gordon is quoted "in a London paper" as describing the 1880 Test Match: "Murdoch was always graceful. He cuts beautifully [...]. He is a jolly genial man with much appreciation of other top players."
As Gideon Haigh pointed out when the book was released, however, Gordon could not have written this in 1880, being but eight years old at the time. The quote seems in fact to have been lifted directly and altered subtly from Ray Robinson's On Top Down Under, in which Home is said to be writing some years after his subject's retirement: "Murdoch was always graceful. He could cut beautifully [...]. He was a jolly, genial man, with much appreciation of other players and too little control over his own inclinations."
So far as I know, Perry's iconoclastic claims about Leo O'Brien's testimony in the matter of The Leak, which directly contradicts everything else he said about it, are just as doubtful and have as yet been neither sourced nor proven.
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Gideon's review was pretty damning (but on the mark). He actually sent it through to me at one stage when we were discussing something (can't remember what now) and the subject of Perry came up.
Having said that, I hope that Gideon doesn't review "The Gregorys" if it ever comes up. He's a pretty harsh judge
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