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The Final Over - The Cricketers Of 1914 - Christopher Sandford


In August 1914, some 210 English professional cricketers signed up to fight in the First World War. This book documents how some of those characters met what they saw as 'the great adventure'.

The outbreak of the war brought to an end a 'Golden Age' of English cricket as 210 of 278 registered professionals answered the call of their country.

34 never made it back and to this day, cricket stands are both a statistical, and very human, representation of that sacrifice.

Cricket continued after war was declared and this period is brought to live by letters and diaries from, among others, Lord Lionel Tennyson, C.B. Fry and Robert Jesson, who writes of the 'great adventure' of the Gallipoli campaign.

Sadly, after fighting heroically he was killed by an enemy sniper.

This is the personal story of how some English cricket's greatest characters performed some of their greatest feats as the clock ticked down to their involvement in the conflict.

This is a moving, gripping account of how they met that 'great adventure', drawing on unpublished diaries and exclusive first-hand accounts from those who survived.


Chritopher Sandford has written 20 books, including four cricket titles. His 2009 biography of Imran Khan was short-listed for the Sports Book of the Year award, and was runner-up in the MCC Cricket Book of the Year award. His biography of the late American rock star Kurt Cobain is currently being filmed. His 2011 joint biography of Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini has been bought by the BBC.


Published: August 2014, hardback, £18.99