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Charmed by Chinaman

Barney Ronay reviews Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew by Shehan Karunatilaka Jonathan Cape, hb, 432pp, £12.99 If Sri Lanka had a bowler like Pradeep S Mathew, or the all-round talents of his creator, England and the rest would have … Continue reading

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Playing a bigger game with compassion

Michael Billington reviews Glorious Summers & Discontents: Looking back on the ups and downs of a dramatic decade by Mike Atherton Simon & Schuster, hb, 408pp, £18.99 Even when you disagree with Mike Atherton, his considered feature writing is always … Continue reading

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Ruin, revenge and redemption

Simon Lister reviews From The Ashes by James Erskine 92 mins, £9.99 (DVD), £12.99 (Blu-ray) A cricket film that prises hidden gems from the 1981 Ashes and adds a sprinkling of riots and Thatcher THIRTY years since Ian won the … Continue reading

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The Captains: The Story Behind Australia’s Second Most Important Job

Matthew Engel reviews The Captains: The Story Behind Australia’s Second Most Important Job by Malcolm Knox Hardie Grant, hb, 440pp, £17.99 A sharp study of the Australian team through its captains reveals the power struggles of an incomparable job NO … Continue reading

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Fire in Babylon

Sam Collins reviews Fire in Babylon By Stevan Riley DVD, £9.99 “WE DIDN’T go out to hit people. But people got hit.” Cricket has known plenty of good teams but the West Indian sides of the late 1970s and 1980s … Continue reading

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Half of the Human Race

Claire Sweeting reviews Half of the Human Race by Anthony Quinn Jonathan Cape, hb, 349pp, 
£12.99 Throwing a suffragette and a county cricketer together produces a potent mixture which paints an enlightening portrait of pre-WW1 society THE SUFFRAGETTE movement and … Continue reading

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Ian Botham: the Power and the Glory

Barney Ronay reviews Ian Botham: the Power and the Glory by Simon Wilde Simon & Schuster, hb, 384pp, £20 A biography points up the unbridled force that first put the allrounder on a pedestal IAN BOTHAM does not really need … Continue reading

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Aggers’ Ashes: The Inside Story of England’s 2011 Ashes Triumph

Jonathan Rice reviews Aggers’ Ashes: The Inside Story of England’s 2011 Ashes Triumph by Jonathan Agnew Blue Door, hb, 248pp, £18.99 For England the 2010-11 Ashes was a glorious, jolly tour, so Jonathan Agnew is just the man to tell … Continue reading

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Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 2011

Jonathan Liew reviews Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 2011 Edited by Scyld Berry John Wisden and Co, hb, 1648pp, £45 Ahead of a change in editorship and a new digital age the Almanack remains peerless if not beyond criticism JUST AS with … Continue reading

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What Are You Doing Out Here: Heroism and Distress at a Cricket Test

Frank Keating reviews What Are You Doing Out Here: Heroism and Distress at a Cricket Test by Norman Harris Last Side Publishing, pb, 97pp, £9.99 The poignant story of a New Zealand fast bowler who played against South Africa just … Continue reading

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