Sundial In The Shade is a fascinating personal account of South Africa’s Barry Richards, a batsman considered as a genius lost to Test cricket.
Murtagh’s account remembers the startling talent of Hampshire team-mate Richards and how he quickly became disenchanted with a game he once loved. His debut for South Africa in 1970, in which he displayed an ornate run-scoring ability, with audacious and extravagant strokeplay, would be his first and final Test series.
Sundial In The Shade follows the story of what happened to a man with promise of a glittering international career, was denied the world stage and instead consigned to play for Hampshire, Natal and South Australia.
Following Richards through his career and retirement, Murtagh’s book relates the personal tragedy and professional controversy that continued to stalk him long after his cricketing career ended; as well as his acceptance of forever being the genius lost to Test cricket.
Andrew Murtagh’s first book, A Remarkable Man: The Story of George Chesterton, was short-listed for the MCC Cricket Society Book of the Year – for which award Touched by Greatness, his biography of Tom Graveney, is now long-listed. All-rounder Andrew played for Hampshire in the 1970s, and subsequently became an English teacher at Malvern College.
Published: March 2015