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    Book recommendations?

    I would like to start building a library of cricket books. I would like to learn about the history of the game (mostly international level, also english and maybe australian county). Also, I'd like to read some instructional books too, because I am also learning to play this great game!

    I got these from my school library, but the choice is very small:

    Farewell to Cricket - Bradman
    Barry Richards on Cricket
    Teaching Cricket Simply - Sutcliffe
    The Greatest all-rounders - John Arlott
    Greig on Cricket
    Test Cricket, a pictorial history - kinda big and colorful

    Any suggestions are appreciate.d

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    On Top Down Under is a good one - I think Ray Robinson wrote it - about all of Australia's test captains.
    Bradman by Roland Perry (although he fawns over him too much imo, it has some great descriptions of his innings)
    Bradman by Charles Williams
    Anything by Sir Neville Cardus
    Anything by A A Thomson
    The Art of Cricket (or something like that) by Bradman
    Great Days in Test Cricket - I'll find the author for you
    Great Innings by Peter Roebuck
    The Art of Fast Bowling by Dennis Lillee

    Just a few to get you started - there are so many.....
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    BTW, may want to check out this thread as well

    Cricket Books

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    Shane Warne's Autobiography.
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    Rip Fardin Qayyumi, Bob Woolmer and Craig.
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    If you are looking to start a library then you should look to try and pick books up across topics and time period.

    A few I would recommend are

    'Beyond a Boudary' by CLR James
    'Rain Men: Madness of Cricket' by Marcus Berkmann
    'The Art of Captaincy' by Mike Brearley
    'Bodyline Autopsy' by David Frith

    I'd also second a number of choices others have made in this thread
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    Second Beyond a Boundary but haven't finished it yet, hopefully will over the weekend. Keep the recommendations coming btw. Will look back on this thread next time I go to the bookstore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Great Days in Test Cricket - I'll find the author for you

    Just a few to get you started - there are so many.....
    Chris Martin-Jenkins?
    You know it makes sense.

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    a few good books are penguins stopped play by thompson
    and crickets strangest matches by A ward
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    Great, keep the suggestions coming. One thing is that I am having a hard time finding some of these books. Many of them are out of stock on amazon, so is there used book dealers that you guys use?

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    Some classics for you to consider.

    The Jubilee Book of Cricket K.S. Ranjitsinhji 1897
    Great Batsmen: Their Methods at a Glance G.W. Beldham & C.B. Fry 1905
    The Hambledon Men E.V. Lucas 1907
    The Cricket Match Hugh de Selincourt 1924
    Cricket Highways & Byways F.S. Ashley-Cooper 1927
    History of Cricket H.S. Altham & E.W. Swanton 1938
    10 For 66 and All That Arthur Mailey 1958
    The Art of Cricket Sir Donald Bradman 1958
    Beyond a Boundary C.L.R. James 1963
    Harold Gimblett: Tormented Genius of Cricket David Foot 1982
    The Art of Captaincy Mike Brearley 1985
    A Social History of English Cricket Sir Derek Birley 1999
    C.B. Fry: An English Hero Iain Wilton 1999
    Mystery Spinner: The Story of Jack Iverson Gideon Haigh 2000
    Bodyline Autopsy David Frith 2002

    You should be able to find most of them from ebay, amazon or one of these book dealers.
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    Outside My Comfort Zone- Steve Waugh

    I found this book to be a really good read, helped me understand Steve Waugh as both a person and as a cricketer a bit better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Perm View Post
    Outside My Comfort Zone- Steve Waugh

    I found this book to be a really good read, helped me understand Steve Waugh as both a person and as a cricketer a bit better.
    What didn't you understand?

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    Well it just gave me a little bit of insight into how a top professional cricketer handles failure, how he mentally prepared himself and all that sort of thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perm View Post
    Well it just gave me a little bit of insight into how a top professional cricketer handles failure, how he mentally prepared himself and all that sort of thing.
    oh OK, he was a great cricketer...I should have a read some day

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    I really want to get something by Gideon Haigh - I always like his articles in magazines and on the Web. Can anyone recommend one by him?

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