Shortlisted for the Cricket Society and MCC Book Of The Year Award and for the Cross Sport Books Award, Scyld Berry's 'Cricket: The Game Of Life' attempts to answer one fundamental question.
Why do people (the author included) play and watch cricket in England and other main hotspots in the world?
Drawing on his own observations from covering more England Tests than anyone else in the world has managed, Berry explains why the sport became as popular in the West Riding of Yorkshire, Sydney and Bombay.
He also examines the other reasons why people watch and play the game, from its language and literature to its numbers, aesthetics, ethics, psychology and philosophy.
Berry relishes the joys cricket provides and reinforces the positive effect it can have on peoples' lives and this book reminds readers why they love the game and aims to prompt them to look at with a new perspective.
Scyld Berry has now reported on more than 400 England Test matches, including 20 Ashes series. Born and brought up within a mile of Bramall Lane, Sheffield, he started as a cricket journalist in 1976 and has been the cricket correspondent for the Observer, the Sunday Correspondent, the Independent on Sunday, the Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Telegraph. He also edited the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack for four years.
Publication: 19th May 2016
PRAISE FOR CRICKET: THE GAME OF LIFE
"For the past 40 years or more Scyld Berry has been one of cricket's most erudite and distinguished writers. Whether as a cricket correspondent of the Sunday Telegraph or as an editor of Wisden, he has reflected on the game with depth and originality."
David Hopps, ESPNCricinfo
"Is there a human being who lives and breathes cricket more than Scyld Berry? He is Mr. Cricket and this is his love letter to the game."
Huw Tuwbervill, The Cricketer
"It is one of the best books on cricket that I have read in many years, and certainly the most wide-ranging."
Ramachandra Guha, The Telegraph, India