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Great Read of the Fastest Bowler Ever, 31 July 2009
This biography is a sympathetic account of the fastest bowler the world has ever seen - allowing the reader to understand him fully in a way that previous published works have failed to do - and giving an insight into the man and cricketer that is wonderful to behold. It tells of the proud man who always put his family first and of the proud cricketer who always gave of his best - even in difficult circumstances. It corrects that much believed myth that Larwood was just a tool under Jardine's control and replaces it with the fact that in reality, Larwood stood shoulder to shoulder with his 'Skipper' when it came to believing in and delivering 'Bodyline'. Harold Larwood paid as high a price as DRJ for his involvement in the 1932/33 Ashes series and yet never sought to blame his captain - always holding Douglas Jardine in the highest regard both as a man and as a cricketer. I warmly recommend this book to anyone interested in cricket or history or both but also to those wishing to get a more realistic account of 'Bodyline' from its principle weapon. It is a book that once picked up the reader will find it hard to put down.