Mystery Spinner and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more
Buy Used
£2.80
FREE Delivery on orders over £10.
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by the book house
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: This item will be picked, packed and shipped by Amazon and is eligible for free delivery within the UK
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Mystery Spinner: The Story of Jack Iverson Paperback – 25 Apr 2002


See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
£4.91
Paperback
"Please retry"
£125.47 £0.01

Trade In Promotion



Product details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd; New edition edition (25 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854108557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854108555
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 962,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

One of the best cricket biographies I have ever read. -- Wisden Cricket Monthly

With sympathetic yet rigorous analysis of personality, and wonderful writing, (Haigh) has produced a classic. -- Sunday Times

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Jones on 29 Mar 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is definitely as good a biography as you could hope to read. The period detail and historical background, such as Iverson's early career as an Estate Agent and then his involvement as a soldier in WW2 set the foundations for his unlikely success on the cricket field. His rapid rise and almost as quick return to obscurity is a story handled perfectly by Haigh, arguably the best cricket writer around.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book is about Jack Iverson, an Australian spin bowler who appeared, quite literally out of nowhere, played cricket for 4 years (from the age of 31), earned himself the 10th best bowling figures that have ever been produced in test cricket, only to disappear just as fast because of an injury to his ankle, his spinning finger, and his confidence.

As I said, this is a biography, but it's a slightly weird biography. Iverson was never a "coming man" who people would tag for greatness (the author admits that one of the reasons he remembers Iverson so fondly was because of his freaky looking bowling action). He live an innocuous life before his brush with fame, and it was innocuous after fame had passed him by. As a result, Gideon Haigh (the author) regales us with how he tried to find anything out about Iverson's life.

This is an interesting book about an "ordinary man" who has a momentary brush with fame, before fading back into his earlier life. If that sounds like the sort of book that would interest you, then read this book. You'll enjoy it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Robson on 11 April 2003
Format: Paperback
Jack Iverson's story is Roy-of-the-Rovers stuff. The tale of the mystery bowler who comes from nowhere to win a test is not uncommon in fiction, but in this case it actually happened. Haigh's book is a well researched biography and makes entertaining reading. There are a couple of bits of 'padding' but it is well worth the read.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is an extremely well-written book, which will be of interest not only to cricket fans, but also to all those interested in human life. This is a tragic human story, centred around the astonishing rise to sporting fame of Jack Iverson when in his 30s; and his equally sudden disappearance from public view,. One of the best cricket books of our generation, I heartily recommend it to one and all.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By alex_brown@blueyonder.co.uk on 28 Jan 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most interesting tales of sporting history, the freakish man who went on to play test cricket for Australia by creating a whole new way of bowling.
It's only a shame that the book didn't live up to the legend of Jack Iverson.
I've read much of Gideon Haigh's writing in the past, and have found some of it excellent.
He was often struggling in this book in being able to come up with enough recollections of Iverson, and with little media reporting available and no diaries etc of his early life, Haigh seemed to continuously go off onto tanegents of psychological analysis, theory and quoting from some bizarre works that seemed to me to have little obvious to do with the subject.
Saying that, I enjoyed some of the recollections that were used of what was undoubtedly a tortured genius, and what is ultimately a very sad end to the life of Iverson comes through in his daughter's comments about him.
This was worth reading, if it was perhaps too easy to put down [always a bad sign!], but ultimately I was left unsatisfied by this biography.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Look for similar items by category


Feedback