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5.0 out of 5 stars Victorian values laid bare
Immensely well written and thoroughly researched, this paints a warts and all picture of W G Grace. A prodigously talented cricketer, he was also a very obvious "shamateur" - a supposed amateur making a very healthy living from the game of cricket, as well as someone who would go to almost any lengths to win a match, including if not exactly breaking the rules then...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough ad detailed
Very thorough and complete I'm sure but overall I prefer Eric Midwinter's biography. Both are eclipsed as ever by CBFry's autobiography 'Life Worth Living' which must still be the best biography of a great cricketer's life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Victorian values laid bare, 22 July 2007
This review is from: W. G. Grace: A Life (Paperback)
Immensely well written and thoroughly researched, this paints a warts and all picture of W G Grace. A prodigously talented cricketer, he was also a very obvious "shamateur" - a supposed amateur making a very healthy living from the game of cricket, as well as someone who would go to almost any lengths to win a match, including if not exactly breaking the rules then certainly bending them in the extreme. As an Essex ex-patriate one of my favourite sections is where Grace and his Gloucestershire team take on Essex at Leyton. Grace makes a big mistake in offending Essex's volatile and dangerous fast bowler Charles Kortright by referring to the Essex team as "rabbits ready to put back in the hutch". Kortright works Grace over a treat, peppering him with short balls and clearly getting him LBW and caught behind during one aggressive over, and yet even then Grace's reputation saves him as he glowers at the umpire and intimidates him into not giving him out. Finally Kortright rips another one through Grace's defence and removes two stumps from the ground. Grace stood his ground for a second, then walks off in a foul mood - to be accompanied by one of the earliest and best recorded bits of sledging from Kortright who exclaims "surely you're not going, Doctor? One of the stumps is still standing."
A sheer joy for any true cricket fan and the typically well presented and researched figure work of Bill Frindall is a joy to go through.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A biography of grace!, 20 Oct 2009
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A. J. Bradley "Brad Worm" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: W. G. Grace: A Life (Paperback)
As a cricket fan I'd obviously heard of WG Grace but had never read anything about him or realised exactly why he is such an icon.
This book takes an in depth look at his cricketing career and demonstrates why he was the second most famous English citizen of the Victorian era, the most famous being Queen Vicky herself.
It is clear that WG loved the game at all levels and was a true master, piling up runs, taking hundreds of wickets and breaking all sorts of records.
It also highlights certain tragedies in his life, notably the untimely deaths of members of his family and offspring.
The only criticism I have of the book is that I would have liked to have known more about WG outside of cricket, his work as a doctor as well as his family life but that's only a small gripe as I thoroughly enjoyed this book and reccomend it for anyone who loves the game of cricket.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough ad detailed, 27 Feb 2014
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Very thorough and complete I'm sure but overall I prefer Eric Midwinter's biography. Both are eclipsed as ever by CBFry's autobiography 'Life Worth Living' which must still be the best biography of a great cricketer's life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly written biography of The Great Cricketer, 18 Dec 2012
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M. V. Clarke (Durham, UK) - See all my reviews
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This is a suitably weighty tome to do justice to its subject, cricket's godfatherly figure, W.G. Grace. Simon Rae's account of Grace's life, career and legacy shows clear evidence of painstaking research, yet is written with superb clarity and reads very easily. Grace's phenomenal achievements are set out in all their glory, with helpful levels of statistical detail; however, this is no hagiography, and examples of Grace's sharp practice, 'shamateruism', and his some of his less than successful ventures are subjected to thorough analysis too. Heartily recommended for anyone interested in cricket history.
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