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Duncan Hamilton
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Review

'[Hamilton's] passion and knowledge shine through... a rich and nostalgic read' Independent.

'The quality of his writing, so evident in his previous works, shines again' Mike Atherton, The Times.

'A Last English Summer is above all a beautiful, affectionate and timely reminder that cricket still is - and will be - about one thing most of all: pleasure' Spectator.

'[A] book that achieves more than its ambitions. Hamilton, already the recipient of five prestigious book awards, can confidently expect more to follow for this lyrical, evocative but absolutely timely volume, a kind of travelogue through the English cricketing summer of 2009' Wisden.

'It is a tribute to his skill that you are rapt even when he describes an under-19s match between teams you've never heard of. He can do this with games played last year... just as well as he can with matches played years ago' Daily Telegraph.

From the Inside Flap

In 2009, the county system looked directionless and obsolete. More than ever the players blessed with central contracts seemed apart from, rather than a part of, the domestic game; the home Ashes series - once the preserve of all - was fro the first time only available on pay-TV; and, of course, the juggernaut of Twenty20 threatened to flatten all but the Test form of the game, suggesting it may soon eclipse even that as well. Duncan Hamilton has preserved this seminal, convulsing season: a long summer, which in years to come may be seen as a turning point in the history of cricket in a way that overshadows even the Packer Revolution of the 1970s. In A Last English Summer, he takes us through a succession of matches from village green to Test arena. In the process, he embarks on a journey - often a profoundly personal one - through the history and spirit of the game, exploring its deep cultural significance to both this country and others where it has taken root. He writes about his boyhood hero, Garry Sobers, the halcyon era of the Lancashire League, the high-church splendour of Lord's and the simple pleasure of watching a County Championship game on a near-deserted ground. In prose by turns reflective and glorious, he experiences irresistible nostalgia for what has been and will never return, together with an overwhelming love for the game that transcends even the most dramatic shifts in the way it is played.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From the Back Cover

Wisden Book of the Year 2009. William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2009. From matches played on a village green to the high-church splendour of Lord's, in A Last English Summer, multi-award-winning author Duncan Hamilton preserves the 2009 cricket season, a seminal, convulsive time in the sport's history. In prose by turns reflective and glorious, he remembers all we have lost whilst displaying an overwhelming love for the game that stands out on every page.

About the Author

Duncan Hamilton's Provided You Don't Kiss Me won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year for 2007 and a British Sports Book Award in 2008. In 2009, he was awarded the William Hill, again, for Harold Larwood, as well as winning the prestigious Wisden Book of the Year for 2009 and biography of the year at the 2010 British Sports Book Awards. He lives in West Yorkshire.

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