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    Hi all,

    I'm a writer and have been asked to look into writing a book about cricket for a publisher I work for. I need to come up with some new interesting 'different' angles on cricket / a fresh approach and thought this might be a good place to ask about it. Are there any books about cricket that you would like to get hold of but have never seen / are not available? Any help would be very gratefully received!

    Thanks so much. Kate

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    If you want to sell enough copies to keep your employer happy then I'd suggest that you need to ghost an autobiography for a big name current player - on the other hand you could write a good book, but that probably wouldn't be a commercially viable proposition

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    It's an interesting question. I'm sure our book review team have a broader knowledge of the extant books on cricket, but one field I've always been interested in is first-class cricketers who've excelled in other fields.

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    Brilliant, thanks...


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    Hi Kate.

    From a personal point of view, I'd love to see a full and detailed account of the Victory Tests in 1945 - not simply from a cricketing point of view (there are plenty of accounts of individual players' experiences in those matches, and it's easy enough to look up the scorecards), but rather from a wider social and historical perspective. These matches played an important role in bringing cricket back to England after the war and I think the full story - as far as it can be told - of how this series of matches assisted in the public's recovery from the horrors of the previous six years and into a new, more positive age, would be a fascinating read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sean View Post
    Hi Kate.

    From a personal point of view, I'd love to see a full and detailed account of the Victory Tests in 1945 - not simply from a cricketing point of view (there are plenty of accounts of individual players' experiences in those matches, and it's easy enough to look up the scorecards), but rather from a wider social and historical perspective. These matches played an important role in bringing cricket back to England after the war and I think the full story - as far as it can be told - of how this series of matches assisted in the public's recovery from the horrors of the previous six years and into a new, more positive age, would be a fascinating read.
    Been done mate - we reviewed it here

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    Been done mate - we reviewed it here
    FFS Fred, you ruin everything.

    Fine, I guess I'll just read that one then. Kate, you're on your own...

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sean View Post
    FFS Fred, you ruin everything.
    I'm just bitter and twisted 'cos no one has ever asked me to write a cricket book

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    I'm just bitter and twisted 'cos no one has ever asked me to write a cricket book
    Now that you mention it, I've been searching desperately for a searing ghosted autobiography encompassing the complete life and career of Eoin Morgan...

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    On a more serious note, I'd also be interested in a book about cricket's diaspora, as far as it is. My favourite cricketing reference work as a young bloke was the 1985 edition of the monumental Barclay's World of Cricket, which dedicated a large portion of the book to cricket around the world outside of the traditional Test playing nations. Likewise, I always enjoy reading Cricinfo's Beyond the Test World blog.

    A book that tracked the history and development of cricket across the non-traditional cricketing world (I'm particularly fascinated by such obscure cricketing footnotes such as the Norris Trophy that used to be contested between Argentina and Brazil - does it still exist?) would be a treasure IMO. And yes, I acknowledge that I may be the only person in the world who would actually buy it.

    Now waiting for Fred to draw my attention to a book covering exactly this topic that was released last week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sean View Post
    Now that you mention it, I've been searching desperately for a searing ghosted autobiography encompassing the complete life and career of Eoin Morgan...
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sean View Post
    On a more serious note, I'd also be interested in a book about cricket's diaspora, as far as it is. My favourite cricketing reference work as a young bloke was the 1985 edition of the monumental Barclay's World of Cricket, which dedicated a large portion of the book to cricket around the world outside of the traditional Test playing nations. Likewise, I always enjoy reading Cricinfo's Beyond the Test World blog.

    A book that tracked the history and development of cricket across the non-traditional cricketing world (I'm particularly fascinated by such obscure cricketing footnotes such as the Norris Trophy that used to be contested between Argentina and Brazil - does it still exist?) would be a treasure IMO. And yes, I acknowledge that I may be the only person in the world who would actually buy it.

    Now waiting for Fred to draw my attention to a book covering exactly this topic that was released last week.
    Well you did ask - there is Rowland Bowen's "Cricket - A History of its Growth and Development throughout the World" although it's not been updated since it was published in 1970

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    Well you did ask - there is Rowland Bowen's "Cricket - A History of its Growth and Development throughout the World" although it's not been updated since it was published in 1970
    Well it sounds to me like there is a 42-year gap in the market...

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sean View Post
    On a more serious note, I'd also be interested in a book about cricket's diaspora, as far as it is. My favourite cricketing reference work as a young bloke was the 1985 edition of the monumental Barclay's World of Cricket, which dedicated a large portion of the book to cricket around the world outside of the traditional Test playing nations. Likewise, I always enjoy reading Cricinfo's Beyond the Test World blog.

    A book that tracked the history and development of cricket across the non-traditional cricketing world (I'm particularly fascinated by such obscure cricketing footnotes such as the Norris Trophy that used to be contested between Argentina and Brazil - does it still exist?) would be a treasure IMO. And yes, I acknowledge that I may be the only person in the world who would actually buy it.

    Now waiting for Fred to draw my attention to a book covering exactly this topic that was released last week.
    Would love to read a book on this subject. Great idea.
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    Maybe Cricket in the Associate Countries. What drives these people who get little money for it? Similar to Out of the Ashes but a larger scope. I was interested in how these native people of countries that care little for cricket how did they get into it. Another one might be Cricket in the POW camps during the war.

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