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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Know the Score Books; First edition (30 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905449437
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905449439
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 530,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Tossell has been a sports journalist for more than three decades. Currently head of European Public Affairs for the NFL (National Football League) and former Executive Sports Editor of the Today newspaper, he is the author of 12 sports books. Five of his books have been short-listed in the British Sports Book Awards - Bertie Mee (Best Biography, 2006); Grovel! (Best Cricket Book, 2008); Nobody Beats Us (Best Rugby Book, 2010); Tony Greig (Best Cricket Book, 2012) and The Great English Final (Best Football Book, 2014). He has also been short-listed twice for MCC/Cricket Society Book of the Year.
He has written books on football, cricket, rugby and American football.
Twitter: @David_Tossell

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**Shortlisted for the Best Cricket Book at the 2008 British Sports Book Awards**

"David Tossell's excellent study of West Indies cricket...confronts all the issues fearlessly and frankly. It is a highly commended read." --David Llewellyn, The Independent

"Enough dynamite to ignite the soul of even the most somnolent cricket fan...relevant, pithy and often amusing... this is a terrific piece of work." --Andrew Baker, The Daily Telegraph

"Excellent!" --Michael Atherton, Sunday Telegraph --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

David Tossell has been a sports journalist for more than three decades and is the author of nine previous books on a range of sports. Formerly executive sports editor of the Today newspaper, he is currently head of European Public Affairs for the NFL (National Football League). Four of his books have been short-listed in the British Sports Book Awards: Bertie Mee and Tony Greig (best biography), Grovel! (best cricket book) and Nobody Beats Us (best rugby book). Grovel! and Following On were finalists in the MCC/Cricket Society Book of the Year Award.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. Haynes on 24 May 2007
Format: Hardcover
Having seen some stellar reviews of this book in various national papers, and having encountered books from this growing publisher before I thought I'd take a punt and buy a copy.

Thoroughly entertaining, excellently written and wonderfully nostalgic this is a book to return to time and again. Fun anecdotes, excellent photographs and a cast of heroes and villains; what more could you ask for?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. C. Trump on 30 July 2007
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I first got hooked on cricket during the summer of '76 when the West Indies toured - was it really 31 summers ago ? This book is extremely well researched and takes us through the whole series almost ball by ball and offers terrific insight into the characters and their motivations. David Steele is particularly cutting about his subsequent treatment by the England selectors after battling it out against the West Indies pace attack and the Autralians the summer before. Being discarded when averaging over 40 in tests against those attacks seems very harsh.
Viv Richards, Michael Holding and Gordon Greenidge are at their peak and under the shrewd captaincy of Clive Lloyd, England under Tony Grieg with their aging team were no match. With hindsight you wonder what the selectors were thinking when you look at some of the selections and David Tossell has many observations on this state of play. For me the most interesting test is the 5th test at the Oval where Richards made 291, Holding took 14 wickets and Amiss (on comeback) scored 203 for England. You can visualise every ball and it makes one hanker for a decent DVD release of this fascinating series. Recommended for all cricket lovers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vic Templar on 30 Jan. 2012
Format: Hardcover
On the eve of the first Test match of the long, hot 1976 summer, BBC television were broadcasting an interview with the England cricket captain, Tony Greig, a white South African. A positive and aggressive cricketer, he was new to his job, and wanted to mould his England team into a tough side able to compete with the very best, which then, as in more recent times, meant Australia, who had just themselves thrashed Clive Lloyd's West Indies 5-1.

The West Indian cricketers had been traditionally perceived as inter-island bickerers. Talented, but able to implode if put under pressure. Greig hoped to exploit such a weakness (if indeed it existed).

In the next few minutes, Greig uttered a phrase that, even 36 years later, he has never been allowed to forget.

He said that he intended to make the West Indies "grovel".

Clive Lloyd had no need for a team talk. His opposite number had done it for him. His team may well have defeated England anyway, containing, as it did, the young batting genius of Vivian Richards (now Sir Viv) and the devastating bowling arsenal, led by Michael Holding, but that word galvanised the team and helped spur them on to crush England and their skipper, who was himself left to grovel on the Oval turf at the series' end.

This is more than just a cricket book. It chronicles a magnificent, but ruthless, group of athletes who became heroes and role models for a whole generation of young British Caribbeans; the first generation to grow up with no memories of their parents' islands.

Set in a pre-Thatcherite world of high inflation, social unrest, inner-city riots, a new Race Relations Act, racist sit-coms and a drought, Tossell's work is a thoroughly researched,fascinating and well-written chronicle of a pivotal period in this island's history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. J. Cooper VINE VOICE on 3 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
1976 Is brought back to life in this excellent book!
The scene is det perfectly, with a reminder of how Clive Lloyds men had really struggled in recent series against India and Australia. A 5-1 series defeat in the latter is what led to England Captain Tony Greig's infamous comment about making the West Indies grovel...
All of the five tests are detailed and the majority of the players of the time are interviewed for their recollections.
A must for any cricket lover.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. R. Holding on 18 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
read this book on holiday a couple of weeks back and i thought it was a fantastic read. With Dennis Amiss being my all time hero i was very keen to have a fresh angle on the way he concquered his problems over fast bowling-wasnt disappointed with that sub plot. there were plenty of other interesting sub plots, for instance how Gordon Greenidge wasnt at the time too popular with his time mates & David Steeles bitterness (Steeles only really poor match was when he opened the batting) when he was disguarded by the england selectors at the end of that summer. very cruel indeed on Steele

Tony Greig offered an honest apprasal of that summers events and wrote a decent forward to the book.

for anyone who can remember that summer and people interested in cricket in general my advice is read this book-you wont be disappointed
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By prunesquallor on 16 Jun. 2012
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it's one of those books you want to read in one session. (And start reading from the start again.) Buy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Bradbury on 2 Feb. 2010
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I was just a cricket mad 8 year old during the long hot summer of 1976, but will never forget the cricket, or the thousands of jubillant West Indian fans... a must read - not just to understand the cricket, but to feel the social tension and colonial hangover of the time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By g a smith on 17 Dec. 2013
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Fantastic book in great condition. If you love cricket and love the West Indies then read this book. It is the story of the start of the great West Indies team with a host of world stars in the West Indies and England Team. Its a ball by ball account of the times and the test matches in 1976. This book is brilliant.
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