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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read of the Fastest Bowler Ever
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...
Published on 31 July 2009 by Gerry S. Plant

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Brought this as a present for my Dad who is an avid cricket fan and he was happy. Good present
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!, 12 May 2010
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Really interesting insight, a must for any cricket fan, can fully understand why it was voted sports book of the year, once you start the book you will not put it down
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harold Larwood by Duncan Hamilton Hardback, 4 Feb 2010
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Brilliantly written, transmitting the emotion and excitement surrounding this evocative sporting event. This is overlaid with an interesting and thought provoking biography of Larwoods life and career which was particularly close to my heart as a lifelong Nottinghamshire Sports fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harold Larwood by Duncan Hamilton, 28 Oct 2009
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A real insiders knowledge of perhaps the greatest fast bowler Great Britain or even the world has ever seen.
Harold,s life was illustrated so well with the emphasis on the Body Line Series whichmade an exceptionally good read for all cricket lovers of any age. I am so pleased to have found this book through Amazon.
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3.0 out of 5 stars TRIBUTE OR BIOGRAPHY?, 9 July 2009
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Apart from a heavily ghosted autobiography now long out of print, this is the first real portrait of Harold Larwood to emerge in decades - though not without it's faults.

Readable, and highly entertaining even for those individuals with only a fleeting interest in cricketing history (no mean feat), Hamilton's text is also complemented by some rare and insightful photographs from the Larwood family archive.

Depending on your point of view, this book is perhaps more of a rosy tribute than an objective assessment of Larwood's career. Hamilton often allows his admiration of the man to stray dangerously on the side of the sycophantic. Caution is particularly advisable when reading passages relating to Larwood's dealings with the cricketing authorities in the wake of the Bodyline furore. Hamilton's version of events sees Larwood as some sort of working class martyr, an innocent but inevitable victim of the pre-war class conflict waged by blazered "toffs" at the MCC. When in reality, Larwood was simply a stubborn man, often prone to bouts of childish intransigience, who in this instance, fatally allowed his pride to cloud his better judgement and ultimately robbed English cricket of a unique talent.

If proof were needed of this, contrast Larwood's fate with that of his fellow team mate, Bill Voce. Pragmatic and realistic by nature, Voce eventually made his peace with the powers that be and continued to play and coach cricket at a competitive level long after the dust from Bodyline had settled. Larwood, meanwhile, sold sweets from a corner shop.
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Illuminating and beyond interesting! A great read. A real delight! Buy it then read it, then do something else! now feck off!
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