From Roundheads and Cavaliers to Duckworth and Lewis, cricket’s history spans more than four centuries. A History of Cricket in 100 Objects is the story of the great game’s eccentric and exhilarating journey from medieval England to pitches and playing fields all over the world.
Cricket has enthralled the English since the seventeenth century, but now people the world over look forward to summers of linseed oil, closely-studied rain forecasts and tea in the pavilion. It’s the oldest international team sport in the world, and has fans from Antigua to Zanzibar. So what is it about the game that provokes this global fervour?
Award-winning sports author Gavin Mortimer calls together a cast of salt-of-the-earth Yorkshiremen, American billionaires and dashing Indian princes to tell the strange and remarkable tale of cricket’s journey from medieval village sport of ‘club-ball’ to global media circus graced by superstars from Don Bradman to Sachin Tendulkar.
If you’ve ever wanted to know what a hoop skirt has to do with overarm bowling, why England fight Australia over a burnt bail, or how to avoid tickling a jaffa in the corridor of uncertainty, Mortimer chalks up a stunning century of tales in the first global history of cricket.
Gavin Mortimer is an award-winning writer and journalist. He is the author of A History of Football in 100 Objects, Puffin’s Ultimate Guide to Cricket and Fields of Glory, which was named one of the best books of 2001
Publication date: 6th June 2013
Retail price: £12.99 Hardback
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