Thanks Sean and Fredfertang.
Can I have a go at naming my top 10? (in no particular order)
Bodyline Autopsy - David Frith
It's all been said.
Wally Hammond: The Reasons Why - David Foot
The only book by him I own, can anyone recommend another?
Runs in the Memory - Stephen Chalke
A big Chalke fan, and I'm still looking for the follow-up
Fifty Incredible Cricket Matches - Patrick Murphy
I always go on about this one, I don't know anyone else who's even read it though.
Playing With Fire - Nasser Hussain
The best autobiography I've read in the last 10 years. Knocks Stewart, Atherton et al into a cocked hat (whatever that is)
The Joy of Cricket - Various
I'm allowed one compendium aren't I?
The Fast Men/The Slow Men - David Frith
Always consider them as two halves of the same book
Silence of the Heart - David Frith
Looks like I'm another fan doesn't it ...
Fatty Batter - Michael Simkins
The best I've read of its type. First half is better than the second though.
On and off the Field - Ed Smith
A very good 'diary' type book - will get round to reviewing it soon
Last edited by stumpski; 02-04-2009 at 10:17 AM.
At lunchtime today I picked up Derek Birley's A Social History of English Cricket, having been intending to do so for several years previously. Not sure how many on here have read it, but would be interested in the thoughts of those who have.
Will post my own review (if I get around to it - which is always debatable with me) when I've finished it.
A very well known and acclaimed book, but one which - like 'Beyond a Boundary' - I've never got round to reading. I always think that there isn't going to be 'enough cricket' in them, if you know what I mean.
But then I've never read 'the Art of Captaincy' either, so clearly my education is far from complete.
Where can I find the great cricketer to buy? I want a book which breaks the myth behind the man and tells us why he is so great. We all know he is great but the why is not accounted for fully...
Last edited by Pratters; 02-04-2009 at 12:43 PM.
AA Thomson had a wonderfully evocative way with words and wrote many fine books about the game but he wasn't one for stripping his subjects down to the bare bones and trying to work out exactly what made them tick - Rae on the other hand did, as best a writer can with no living contemporaries to talk to, dissect the myths so I'd recommend that - it's not rare and I am sure ABE will throw up several copies
I obviously didn't phrase that very well - I meant other books by Foot, not other Hammond biographies.
I doubt if the other writers would have dealt with his flaws as Foot did so effectively, they would have been hagiographies by comparison.
Foot is very good with flawed characters - he also wrote a splendid biography of Harold Gimblett and a couple of collections of biographical essays, "Fragments of Idolatory" and "Beyond Bat and Ball"
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