Favourite cricket book?


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Nov. 4, 2006, 7:15am

Aside from the incomparable Wisden,what would be people's preferred cricket reads? Personally,I'd have to go for Brearley's Phoenix From the Ashes or,perhaps,Arlott's biography of Fred Trueman. Geoffrey Boycott's efforts from the late 70's/early 80's are also worthy of mention - although clearly ghost-written I find them pretty insightful and entertaining!
By the way,thanks for the invite!

Nov. 6, 2006, 4:22am

I have to agree with you about the John Arlott Trueman, although I see you've only rated it at 4 stars! Must get my own copy of this one day.
Back in my dim and distant playing days my most thumbed book was Art of Cricket by the Don, but that was in the vague (and vain) hope that I might learn something.

Nov. 6, 2006, 1:13pm

Think I've re-read the Arlott since rating it - surprised I only gave it a 4 - must sort that out immediately!

Apr. 21, 2008, 5:36am

Ed Smith seems to be making a name for himself as a fine new cricket writer, as well as in his day job as captain of my county team, Middlesex. I read his Playing Hard Ball comparison of cricket and baseball a couple of years ago and found it very insightful. Simon Hughes' books are good fun too, and probably gthe best cricketing biography I've read is Michael Atherton's Opening Up.

Apr. 21, 2008, 6:57am

I have three: Two Summers at the Tests by John Arlott, How to Catch a Cricket Match by Harry Ricketts (who's best known as a biographer of Kipling), and A Corner of a Foreign Field: The Indian History of a British Sport by Ramachandra Guha. The last, a social history of cricket in India, is fascinating - and, with the advent of the Indian Premier League, also very timely.

I haven't yet loaded most of my cricket books, so I may rediscover a few more favourites while doing so.