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5.0 out of 5 stars
Twirlymen, 21 May 2013
This is a fascinating book which brings to life the often-forgotten world of medium-pace bowling. The early chapters, on the likes of Barnes and Lohmann, are particularly interesting, with the author looking in detail at the origins of overarm bowling and the techniques and innovations developed during the Victorian-Edwardian era. My one gripe is that too many bowlers have been lumped in as "trundlers", the title possibly a little pejorative, or at least self-mocking. The spectrum of medium-to-medium-fast bowling is wide and it seems a tad unfair to group world-beating "effort bowlers", such as Maurice Tate and Alec Bedser, with some rather more pedestrian county dobbers. But Harry Pearson is a superb writer who argues the case for rescuing so many bowlers from obscurity. For someone so entertaining, he is also meticulous in his research. A terrific and thought-provoking read.