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    Best cricket books that you've read

    For me, in no particular order:

    • Silence of The Heart
    • Anyone But England
    • Days in the Sun
    • Beyond a Boundary


    As you can tell, I'm not a fan of books on individual players, especially autobiographical. I prefer books that take a broader perspective, and analyze the game or a part of the game from a wider angle.
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    David Frith's Bodyline Autopsy is probably as close to the definitive tome on any given subject as one could possibly wish for.

    In defiance of SS's disdain for autobiographical works I also love Simon Hughes's A Lot of Hard Yakka (the sequel Yakking Around The World is also pretty bloody good) & Ed Smith's On & Off the Field.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    For me, in no particular order:

    • Silence of The Heart
    • Anyone But England
    • Days in the Sun
    • Beyond a Boundary


    As you can tell, I'm not a fan of books on individual players, especially autobiographical. I prefer books that take a broader perspective, and analyze the game or a part of the game from a wider angle.
    Three good books
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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    For me, in no particular order:

    • Silence of The Heart
    • Anyone But England
    • Days in the Sun
    • Beyond a Boundary


    As you can tell, I'm not a fan of books on individual players, especially autobiographical. I prefer books that take a broader perspective, and analyze the game or a part of the game from a wider angle.
    I never actually succeeded in locating a copy of Silence of the Heart. I ordered one off a website in August but it never came (nor was I charged though). Any help with that from anyone would be much appreciated.
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    Not a book conniseur but I found Gary Kirsten's Autobiography Gazza, very interesting.. He basically gets everyone else to talk about him instead of saying things himself.. Quite a nice approach
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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac View Post
    Three good books
    Which one didn't you like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    David Frith's Bodyline Autopsy is probably as close to the definitive tome on any given subject as one could possibly wish for.

    In defiance of SS's disdain for autobiographical works I also love Simon Hughes's A Lot of Hard Yakka (the sequel Yakking Around The World is also pretty bloody good) & Ed Smith's On & Off the Field.
    Actually, though I don't like autobiographical books as a general rule, A Lot of Hard Yakka is an exception. I've also been trying to get a hold of Yakking Around The World in the US, but obviously it's pretty hard around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    David Frith's Bodyline Autopsy is probably as close to the definitive tome on any given subject as one could possibly wish for.

    In defiance of SS's disdain for autobiographical works I also love Simon Hughes's A Lot of Hard Yakka (the sequel Yakking Around The World is also pretty bloody good) & Ed Smith's On & Off the Field.
    The Ed Smith book is fantastic. He's the best sportsman at writing I've ever come across.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    Which one didn't you like?
    Anyone but England, I reveiwed it for the site, if you want to see the reasons.

    Just on the Silence of The Heart, if you buy By His Own Hand, it is just as good

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    VITSTL, out of that list, 'Anyone But England' would probably be the first one I recommend. I'll check out your review.

    EDIT: Just read it, and aside from agreeing that it was well written, I can't find anything else to agree with in there. I thought it was one of the best, if not the single best, book on cricket in terms of dispassionate analysis that I've read.
    Last edited by silentstriker; 09-02-2009 at 05:30 PM.

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