The momentous sporting summer of 1878 and Australia's first cricket tour of England is the subject of The Strangers Who Came Home by John Lazenby.
They played 72 matches in all, charting a path through Australia, New Zealand, Britain, America and Canada.
However, the majority of the touring party, who were referred to at the time as 'the strangers', regarded themselves as Englishmen.
What they met with was arrogance, ignorance, cheating umpires and miserable weather before taking on the MCC at Lord's.
And despite being mocked by the crowd, they beat a powerful team which included W.G. Grace.
This book tells the story of how they rocked English cricket and set the foundations for Australian cricket and the Ashes contest that is still keenly fought today.
John Lazenby has worked as a freelance journalist on national newspapers including The Times, Sunday Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph, and as a sports broadcaster for both radio and television.
His first book, Test of Time (2005) was selected as a finalist for the MCC/ Cricket Society’s Book of the Year award, longlisted for the William Hill Prize and chosen as one of the Wisden Cricketer’s Books of the Year.
He lives in Sussex
Published: 29th January 2015