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A magnificent account: impeccably researched and beautifully written,
This review is from: Bodyline Autopsy: The Full Story of the Most Sensational Test Cricket Series - Australia V England 1932-33: The Full Story of the Most Sensational Test Cricket Series - England Vs. Australia 1932-3 (Paperback)
This book on the 1932-33 Ashes series, notorious because of England's use of 'bodyline' bowling, demonstrates cricket historian David Frith's excellence as researcher and writer. He provides vivid descriptions of the cricket on the tour, resulting from copious research, and provides thorough and fascinating detail of the controversy. His analysis of the roles of the protagonists, including England's captain Douglas Jardine, the main proponents, Larwood and Voce, and Australian captain Bill Woodfull and star batsman Donald Bradman, is thoughtful and compelling. He details the extent of the high-level negotiations that took place during and after the series, between the MCC, its Australian counterpart, and senior politicians from both countries. Frith shows the complex and often contradictory reactions provoked by Bodyline, and reveals the anxieties and sympathies that existed on both sides. Particular attention is given to Jardine and his relationships with tour manager Plum Warner and the MCC hierarchy. Frith presents a detailed picture of this complex character who symbolised the series like no other. The extensive research is coupled with an easily flowing style of writing and a fine understanding of the game. This book is surely essential reading for anyone interested in the history of cricket.