- Hardcover: 500 pages
- Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd; 1st Edition edition (25 Nov. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1854108964
- ISBN-13: 978-1854108968
- Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 15.4 x 4.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 973,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bodyline Autopsy: The Full Story of the Most Sensational Test Cricket Series - England v Australia 1932- 3 Hardcover – 25 Nov 2002
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Frith's account is packed with fascinating detail and anecdote. His description of the Test matches could hardly be more gripping. -- Leo McKinstry, Sunday Telegraph, 24 November 2002
No-one can touch Frith when it comes to meticulous gathering of red-hot cricketing material... Frith has done a wonderful job with this bitter tale. -- Simon Barnes, The Times 23 November 2002
About the Author
David Frith is one of cricket's most distinguished authors. A former editor of The Cricketer, he founded Wisden Cricket Monthly in 1979 and ran it for 17 years. His other books include a pictorial history of Ashes Tests (the first 1,000-picture cricket book); The Trailblazers, a reconstruction of the first ever English tour of Australia; Silence of the Heart, his acclaimed study of cricket suicides; The Fast Men, a study of fast bowlers, and biographies of such disparate cricketers as John Edrich and Jeff Thomson. He lives in Guildford, Surrey.
Top Customer Reviews
The final result is a masterpiece. The research is exemplary from players and writings not just directly around the 1932-33 series but the issues raised of intimidatory bowling in the times before 'bodyline' right up to the present day, placing the series properly into context within cricket history.
He maintains a balanced and analytical approach throughout as the title suggests which makes the reading and the flow of the book one of those which is hard to put down.
In short its the best cricket book i have read in over 30 years.
If you are serious about cricket its a 'must have'. Buy it.
My only slight criticism is that the author can come across as a bit of a name-dropper, but given the depth of research he has undertaken, and the people he has interviewed over the years, he can easily be forgiven a little showing off!
The biggest acheivement of the book is to put the upheavals of these games into their political contexts in a clear and interesting way. He also manages to be balanced and largely sympathetic in analysing the thoughts and actions of the main protagonists - no easy task on an issue that still polarises to this day.
I would happily recommend it