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Doing Hedley Verity justice..., 2 July 2014
Doing someone as heroic as Hedley Verity justice in print is an unenviable task, but it is one that Chris Waters manages with aplomb in 10 for 10.
As a bit of a Hedley Verity geek, I had worried about how a book essentially about one innings of a cricket match would work, but I needn't have. Waters sets the scene superbly so by the time the innings in question starts, you have a real feel of the era and the context of the match, as well as the characters - of which there were many - on show at Headingley. 10 for 10 reminded me very much of David Frith's seminal Bodyline Autopsy in its meticulous research and the way in which it made me feel I was present at a match that occurred decades before I was born.
The book is a maybe a little on the short side. That may count against it for some readers/reviewers, but for me this is yet another of the book's strengths. Waters rightly doesn't feel the need to pad out the book for the sake of it, which means it rattles along at an impressive pace and is never anything other than absorbing (with some genuine laugh-out-loud moments when describing the actions or remarks of some of the Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire players).
Among British sportsmen and women, Hedley Verity is peerless as far as I'm concerned. It's been a while since his story was told in print - too long, if truth be told. Thankfully Chris Waters has more than made up for that, and has expertly introduced Hedley Verity's story to a new generation of cricket fans. Hopefully the overdue recognition (given the lack of it for his Fred Trueman book) at the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Awards awaits.