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Ashes Match of My Life: Fourteen Ashes Stars Relive Their Greatest Games Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 Jul 2013

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd; Second edition (1 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909178977
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909178977
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 836,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Great stories enable the reader to pick up this book at any time. It is a great book on the Ashes." --The Cricket Memorabilia Society Magazine

"One of the greatest ever books on the Ashes." --Frank Keating, The Guardian

"A book that deserves to be bought, read and pondered. Beautifully produced and lavishly illustrated, this superb publication is a must for collectors of cricket literature." --Rajesh Kumar, Cricket Statistician

"A properly brilliant cricket book, the sort that doesn't get written these days. The authors haven't just done their homework; they've interviewed intelligently. International cricketers have very, very interesting things to say. You just have to ask the right questions." --The Crap Cricketer Blog

"The front of the dust jacket quotes the late Frank Keating as describing the book as One of the greatest ever books on the Ashes. I am not about to argue with the man who was one of the best scribes the game has seen. This is an excellent book, and highly recommended."

"Cricket lovers will enjoy basking in the nostalgia of those unforgettable summers." --This England

"There are at least as many books on cricket and particularly the Ashes as catches in Tests matches to (the also featured) Paul Collingwood's name, and I've read quite a few of them, but I can safely say that none have offered the kind of all-round insight The Ashes Match Of My Life brings through detailed recollections by some of the most popular faces in both teams and in world cricket over the last four decades."

About the Author

Sam Pilger is the author of Victory! The Battle for the Ashes 2005 and Manchester United's Best XI, and is currently the editor of the Official Sachin Tendulkar Opus. He has covered Ashes series, World Cup finals, Champions League finals and Olympic Games for the likes of The Times Magazine, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday and The Cricketer.

Rob Wightman has written for the likes of The Daily Telegraph and The Mail on Sunday; a former tutor of sports journalism, he now works full-time in education.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peakfan on 11 Aug. 2013
Format: Hardcover
I've always been a little wary of books that have effusive praise on the cover.

"One of the greatest ever books on the Ashes" is loud and clear at the bottom of the front cover of this one, from no less a pen than that of the late Frank Keating of The Guardian.

He was right, though. This engaging tome does, very simply, what it says 'on the tin'. Fourteen Ashes 'legends' discuss their greatest match in the oldest international cricket contest and their memories of the tour in which it took place. While I am not sure that Ashley Giles is worthy of the accolade 'legend' (ten wickets at 57 in the series in question, with some staunch batting) the subjects have played their part in ensuring that this remains the greatest, most keenly contested and eagerly awaited battle in the cricket calendar.

So here, side by side, we have Neil Harvey, David Gower, Justin Langer, Bob Willis, Geoff Boycott, Jeff Thomson, Glenn McGrath and more recounting their memories through the able pens of Sam Pilger and Rob Wightman.

Their great skill is to present the pieces in a way in which you feel you are sitting with the subject in your favourite local and listening to their story with a pint in your hand and a hot fire in the grate. While the book has obvious topicality in the middle of an Ashes summer, it will be equally relevant and enjoyable if you are looking at it during the coming winter, perhaps curled up in bed, or at any other time for that matter.

Some of the tales have been told before and there's no great surprise in the matches chosen.
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