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  • Hardcover: 1584 pages
  • Publisher: Wisden; 150 edition (11 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408175657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408175651
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 5.4 x 16.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As comprehensive and opinionated as ever. Independent on Sunday Wisden-omaniacs measure out their life in Test matches and sodden trips to county grounds, and the book becomes a form of autobiography. It captures a world in a single, squat volume, and for a moment allows us to forget that time must move on. -- Stephen Moss Observer Part of the establishment, yet prepared to challenge the establishment, Wisden has earned the respect and affection of every serious sports fan. In its 150th year, that iconic yellow jacket still marks a fixed point in a disorderly world. -- Simon Briggs Daily Telegraph After 150 editions, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack shows little sign of leaving the crease. The daddy reigns supreme. The Times The modern Wisden is a marvel of accuracy and inclusiveness -- John Woodcock The Times Nothing beats the reassuring thud on the doormat in April when Wisden lands, as a harbinger of the season to come and a reminder of seasons gone. -- Mike Atherton The Times Each Wisden, once acquired, is not just for a season, it is for life, a treasure to be used as research, diversion or, in its nicely fading yellow jacket, pure decoration. -- Alan Lee The Times A truly unique sporting institution -- Matthew Engel Financial Times A shelf-full of Wisdens is a sign of civilisation and a curious mind. -- Patrick Kidd The Times The 150th Wisden is a wonderful read... a treasure trove of superb writing Sunday Express Wisden allows me to dream New Statesman Worthy of a place on every sport lover's bookcase The Pink (Bournemouth) Vital if you're the kind of person who leaps from their chair at the dinner table and marches into the next room demanding to clarify what year Graham Gooch finally dropped David Gower. -- Mile Jupp Saga More reliable than a swallow, the sight of a new Wisden on the shelves is proof summer is here. Living North A 150-year-old book that draws in the profound and the absurd as well as the venerable and the modern, the meaningful and the inconsequential. It asks few favours. In words and numbers Wisden intelligently records cricket as it has been and as it is. The Cricketer The charm is in the incidental detail. -- Adrian Tahourdin TLS It's wonderful to delve into. Daily Express So encyclopedic is the Wisden annual's coverage of each season that every type of cricketer, from IPL millionaire star to trundler to abysmally bad author, can be found somewhere in its pages. Oldie The sport's leading chronicle International New York Times

About the Author

This is Lawrence Booth's second year as Editor of Wisden. He is also cricket writer for the Daily Mail and author of several critically acclaimed cricket books. He is one of the most respected and well liked authorities in the modern game.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 April 2013
Format: Hardcover
This publication is always eagerly awaited but perhaps more so being its 150th edition. I don't doubt that this will mean more to the fans who have bought before. This time, however, we have not only the worldwide statistics and records but essays of figures and events that have influenced the game. My recollections go back to the 'Fifties' when cricket was politely applauded. The game now has catapaulted into a financial world. Wisden, and its editor, have kept a realistic and objective view of events.

The remarkable expansion of global television coverage started with the Packer era but to my mind the crucial event was the Basil D'Oliveira political storm. I was right behind the MCC, but of course it opened the floodgates for comercialism. These are carried throughought the book. The expansion of technology, corruption, and the popularity of the shorter forms of the game are here including the influential IPL with its auction for players and supernational mass market appeal. There is little written of 20/20 cricket. Attractive to many and if a lead for youngsters into the game, fine, but the nitty-gritty of a 5 day test match still is my thrill.The presentation is first class as are the ingredients. A more than life time joy but send it out before the first ball is bowled in county matches, please.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Newstead on 4 Aug 2013
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Wisden reaches its one-and-a-half century with the almanack running to 1586 pages, 32 more than the previous year. Part one of the deals with the book's history.

The order of contents is similar to the two previous years, with a full record of all Test played last ytear and a full record of the 2012 county season. The Five Cricketers of the Year are Dale Steyn, Hashim Amla, Nick Compton, Jacques Kallis and Marlon Samuels. It seems illogical to have the book reviews and the obituaries in the middle rather than the end of the almanack. The women's cricket features would be better in one section rather than odd pages scattered through the book.

One major change from the past is how cricket books are reviewed. When John Arlott was in charge, he looked to say something positive about each submission. This year's reviewer, Guardian journalist John Crace, seems to be more interested in giving a kicking to people he finds dislikeable than giving a considred account of the previous year's publications Freddie Trueman, Geoffrey Boycott and Ian Botham are three of the objects of his criticism and a fourth, Robin Jackman is criticised for living in South Africa, even though his wife comes from that country. It seems that even the Guardian has to have one sexist journalist. One hopes a more positive reviewer will be used next year.

Despite my criticisms, I look forward to the 151st edition next year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GJB on 12 Nov 2013
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While many people wish for different things from the bible ; wisden is no different. The strength of this annual it covers so many areas in good detail and meets most needs. Like the bible if you want to study in greater depth you need to go to the source. For most people the answers are in the book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I F Robins on 16 July 2013
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It was good, easy to follow, plenty of interesting articles. It had plenty of international cricket coverage, plus domestic, would like to see minor counties cricket coverage a bit more.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Quiverbow TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 April 2013
Format: Hardcover
Some people buy many books over the course of a year; some people buy enough to warrant a decent bookcase whilst others treat themselves a handful of times. There is also another group of people that buy just one publication each year. The time has come when they shut themselves away from the world and indulge in a passion only understood and related to by fellow adherents. Yes, that ultimate reference book is now available: Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. And how ironic. The day Wisden finds its way onto the shelves and whaddya know; it's raining and the start of the second day of the first round of County Championship matches is being delayed. Oh well. At least this way we know the cricket season has actually begun.

The first 54 pages looks back on those 150 years and includes ten moments that Wisden think changed cricket. Surprisingly, the advent of 20/20 isn't one of them, something which beget all other similar competitions, including the IPL. Both the editor (in his notes) and Patrick Collins have a go at Kevin Pietersen's belief that he is the only player that matters. Unfortunately, it seems he doesn't realise his arrogant attitude makes him thoroughly dislikeable, "I gave up the Captaincy for the good of English cricket." I don't think so. More like you realised you couldn't play in the IPL otherwise. For what it's worth, I think the ECB should have told him to get lost. The saddest section of the Almanack is always the obituaries, and this year Tony Greig is honoured with four pages.

Lawrence Booth's second outing as editor shows `the bible' is in capable hands and is the usual high standard you expect (could it be anything but?), containing everything you expect, including something unique (as far as I'm aware).
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By Martin Cook on 18 May 2014
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This is truly the cricket lovers bible. Nothing more needs to be said. You either love it or hate it....
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