The Man who was W.G.
Arguably the world’s first sporting superstar, WG Grace (1848–1915) took an unconventional approach to cricket and effectively invented the art of modern batting. Tomlinson re-examines the eccentric figure, who excelled in his sport despite personal misfortune, obesity and a fondness for drink, and is remembered for his humorous quotes, occasional gamesmanship and enduring passion for the game.
Wisden at the Oval
Since 1845 The Oval has played a vital role in cricket’s development, as the site of the first Test match in England, birthplace of the Ashes and backdrop to some of the sport’s greatest performances. This selection of articles illustrates how key moments beneath Kennington’s gasholders were reported in that other venerable cricket institution, Wisden’s Almanack. Forewords by former Surrey captains Micky and Alec Stewart.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Paul Nixon is among the most eccentric cricketers to play for England, Leicestershire or Kent. With forewords from Steve Waugh and Viv Richards, this frank, humorous account of his career addresses issues such as family tragedy, sledging, match-fixing and his battle with mental demons.
Over and Out
My Innings of a Lifetime with Test Match Special
In this ‘chronicle of enjoyment’ one of cricket’s best-loved voices surveys his long career as a commentator on TMS as well as looking back at his youthful experiences of playing the game and watching such greats as Donald Bradman. As he offers insights into life behind the microphone, ‘Blowers’ discusses commentators past and present, explains why he decided to retire and, of course, reflects on buses, pigeons and cakes.
Touched by Greatness
The Story of Tom Graveney, England's Much-Loved Cricketer
Tom Graveney’s Test career began alongside pre-war star Len Hutton in the early 1950s and ended with him batting with Geoffrey Boycott in 1969. This biography describes his county and international career, his later work as a commentator and President of the MCC, and recalls many notable incidents, such as his ban in 1969 for playing an exhibition match in the middle of a Test.
A Reappraisal of English Cricket's Most Controversial Captain
This biography of one of England’s most controversial captains is based on interviews with Greig, his many colleagues and his rivals, and includes numerous photographs and statistics. The result is a balanced portrait of a brilliant cricketer whose legacy was tainted by the notorious ‘grovel’ and ‘Kamikaze’ comments and, arguably, by his role in enabling Kerry Packer’s WSC, which was a significant step toward today’s more commercialized sport.
My Life and Times in Cricket
Chris Adams played a handful of Tests and One Day Internationals for England in 1989 and 1990 but it was on the county scene where he distinguished himself: as a leading run-scorer and championship-winning captain of Sussex in the 2000s. This autobiography reflects on his experiences in domestic and international cricket and his thoughts about coaching and captaincy.
The Marvellous Life of Learie Constantine
Born in rural Trinidad in 1901 Learie Constantine was a dynamic all-rounder who helped to define the exuberant, aggressive style of West Indian cricket in the 1930s and was one of the first black cricketers to play in the English leagues. This biography tells the story of his remarkable achievements which, in later life, saw him winning a landmark discrimination case in London, qualifying as a barrister and becoming a politician, statesman and peer.
Unusually for an elite sportsman, Mike Brearley has a reputation as an intellectual. His success as England cricket captain and his subsequent training as a psychoanalyst combine to make him a notably thoughtful commentator on the game. This collection of his essays covers his own experiences in Ashes battles and against the leading players of the 1970s and 1980s, discusses controversies and innovations, and evaluates cricket’s most significant players and commentators.
The Times on the Ashes
Covering Sport's Greatest Rivalry from 1877 to the Present Day
The Times reported on the first England-Australia Test in 1877, and has followed the action ever since. This collection features some of the best writing about cricket’s most memorable moments, from journalists including John Woodcock, Neville Cardus and the present correspondent Mike Atherton.
Third Man in Havana
Finding the Heart of Cricket in The World's Most Unlikely Places
Tom Rodwell, Chairman of the Lord's Taverners, spent six years running charity cricket tours to help disadvantaged young people in some of the world's poorest districts. This book recounts his amusing adventures, from playing in cricket-mad cultures in Sri Lanka and Jamaica to unlikely locations such as Cuba and Israel.
The Strangers Who Came Home
The First Australian Cricket Tour of England
The review of the 1878 season in Lillywhite's Cricketers' Annual admitted that 'the idea of a visit from an Australian team...was at first treated as something of a joke' but the success of the tour did much to spark the international rivalry. Including a victory over the MCC at Lord's and controversy and skulduggery involving WG Grace, this book chronicles the adventures of the first representative Australian touring team.
In the Steps of a Legend
WG Grace earned a reputation for gamesmanship through his cricketing career, and his competitive attitude and ability to make money from the game set a pattern for sporting stars of the modern era. This tribute takes the form of a pilgrimage to locations important in WG's life, from his home village of Downend, near Bristol, to tours of North America and Australia; final years playing for London County at Crystal Palace; and Lord's, where the Grace Gates commemorate his achievements. Off-mint.
Wisden on Grace
In 1864, shortly after retiring from professional cricket, John Wisden published the inaugural volume of the famous Almanack that still bears his name; coincidentally, the same year saw WG Grace (1848–1915) first make his mark, with an innings of 170 for South Wales. This volume comprises notable scorecards from WG's long career and a selection of contemporary Wisden articles about the man it called 'the greatest of the world's cricketers'.