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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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  • 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)
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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.

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Format: Hardcover
The 'bodyline' series has spawned many books both by the players involved and the journalists and followers of the time, invariably invoking strong passions either way which more often than not detracted from the quality of the end product. For anyone familiar with David Frith's other writings this book will measure up to his outstanding reputation for a balanced and critical appraisal of the real core issues. In my view he remains the foremost author of books on the history of cricket and it is fitting that he in particular should have taken on the task of assessing the 'bodyline' series.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
A thoroughly enjoyable read, from foreward to index. The book has many strengths to distinguish it. David Frith looks at the whole sorry episode from the points of view of the players, administrators, spectators, journalists, spectators, and those cricket followers in England, (who in the pre-television age relied on newspaper reports and a few seconds of newsreel action, and had only a limited idea of what was really going on). He handles each with considerable skill, based on clear analysis, and metriculous research.
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
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An outstanding analysis of Bodyline with great pictures - good price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply outstanding 8 July 2003
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A very balanced, authoritative and insightful analysis of a cricketing controversy that refuses to die. Each chapter is carefully researched and detailed, yet the book reads like an enthralling novel. At no point did I skip pages or become bored. Not only is this the story of the matches but also of the personalities, above all, Jardine, Larwood and Bradman. This is an excellent book, the best cricket book I've read to date on any subject about the sport.
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