"Beautifully researched, well laid-out and engagingly written. Once again, Pitch Publishing have come up with a worthy, eminently readable book that deserves to do well." --Steve Dolman, Peakfan Blog
"Excellent. For a modern take on a criminally under told story Parkinson's book is a must read." --TheArmchairSelector.com
"An inspiring story of how he [Tate] dealt with criticism and praise, which recognises his great talents as cricketer and human being."-- Cricket Memorabilia Society Magazine
"This is a good book from a new author and should be supported." --Association of Cricket Statisticians
Sussex and England superstar Maurice Tate's story is one of triumph and fame, controversy and tragedy. In the 1920s and 1930s, the all-rounder was the world's most popular cricketer, famed for his brilliant bowling and broad smile – unlike his infamous cricketing father, whose costly error he more than repaid. In his day, Tate's enormous feet were the subject of a music-hall song, his extra pace considered 'magical'; he’s now recognised as the first proper 'seam' bowler. He took almost 2,800 first-class wickets and thrilled crowds with rapid-fire sixes and centuries. But along the way he suffered a nervous breakdown at the Bodyline series, and threw beer over Douglas Jardine. After a bitter sacking by Sussex, he became a pub landlord and died in poverty. Recently voted Sussex's greatest ever player, Tate doesn't figure in any more widespread Hall of Fame. It's time to remember this forgotten great of England cricket.