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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks; Reprint edition (18 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408812088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408812082
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Kynaston was born in Aldershot in 1951. He has been a professional historian since 1973 and has written eighteen books, including The City of London (1994-2001), a widely acclaimed four-volume history, and W.G.'s Birthday Party, an account of the Gentleman vs. the Players at Lord's in July 1898. He is the author of Austerity Britain, 1945-51, the first title in a series of books covering the history of post-war Britain (1945-1979) under the collective title 'Tales of a New Jerusalem'. He is currently a visiting professor at Kingston University.

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'Few historians have the power to make you feel you actually inhabit the times they are writing about. Kynaston does' (Sunday Times, Book of the Decade)

'Kynaston's books ... feel like a breath of fresh air' (Observer)

'An absolute gem of a book' (Guardian)

'Kynaston writes brilliantly and readably' (Independent on Sunday)

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A fascinating examination of cricket in the nineteenth century by 'the most entertaining historian alive' (Spectator)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Tarr on 19 Jun 2010
Format: Hardcover
I bought and read the first edition of this book approximately 15 years ago and I can't praise it enough. All cricket followers know of W G but his significance extends far beyond being a leading figure in his sport during the time he played. The fact is that he was the leading sportsman in the world during he late victorian era, a period in which sports and leisure for all expanded significantly. In effect Grace was the first sports superstar. This book puts Grace's importance in place by basing his story around the 1898 Gentlemen v. Players match, held on W G''s 50th birthday in honour of him. Hence this book is not only the story of a great cricketer but also of a match, the great players in that match and a picture of the period, considered the Golden Era of cricket. It is a fairly short read (approx. 150 pages)and definitely not the fullest biography of W G but is likely to lead the reader to seek out further books on the great man.
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This is a short book, so in no way does it get to grips with the detail of WG Grace or cricket's golden age. Instead, it is a snapshot of one particular match - the Gentlemen v Players in 1898. It begins by setting the scene and introducing the characters, then moves on to a comprehensive match report. Kynaston puts his historian hat on at the end and tries to draw a few comparisons between the gentlemen and players, pointing out that the gentlemen lived longer and earned more. No real surprises there then. A pleasant read.
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By M. V. Clarke VINE VOICE on 7 Aug 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This short book takes as its starting point the Gentlemen vs Players match at Lord's in 1898 that celebrated WG Grace's 50th birthday. As well as providing detailed reports of the match itself, Kynaston has researched the background of each of the players, and traces their careers both before and after this game. There is, naturally, much about WG himself, but the glimpses of other great cricketers is fascinating. There is also much of general historical interest, particularly as he explores attitudes around professional and amateur status in cricket and its legacy well into the twentieth century. Clearly the result of detailed research, this is highly readable and its focus on a single game gives it real context and grounding.
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By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Feb 2011
Format: Hardcover
Whilst I'm not the biggest Cricket aficionado, I've heard stories about WG from my grandfather who is a massive fan of the sport. So when the opportunity came round for me to be able to learn more about this, possibly the first sports superstar, I had to jump at the chance. The major problem with a book about him is that it could easily turn too much into a history of the game with too much time focused upon the Victorian era.

What David does in this title is present the facts in an informative way as well as giving the reader the opportunity to get to visit what many consider the golden age of the sport. It's an ideal gift for fans and whilst this was originally released a few years ago is a title that many may not yet have come across. Get a copy now for that Cricket fan in your life. My grandfather was more than happy to get this for his birthday.
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