The Essential Wisden: An Anthology of 150 Years of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack Hardcover – 10 Oct 2013
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About the Author
John Stern is a former editor of The Wisden Cricketer magazine and writes on cricket for, among others, The Times and All Out Cricket magazine. He is the author of Cricket: The Definitive Guide to the International Game and co-author of Wisden's Youth Cricket Coaching.
Marcus Williams was a senior member of The Times sports department for more than 30 years. He also edited The Way to Lord's and Double Century: 200 Years of Cricket in The Times, and co-wrote The Wisden Book of Cricket Memorabilia.
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The book is divided into nine sections, mostly laid out chronologically, which are like independent books in their own right:
- a selection of Notes from the Editor on various topics, often highlighting how perceptions have changed over the years (and centuries!);
- a sampling of many of the Cricketers of the Year essays;
- a hefty section of short extracts from feature essays, again organised by topic and very similar to the Notes from the Editor section;
- extracts from contemporary England home match reports and series recaps over the years;
- a section called "Other Countries" which repeats the England section format for each of the Test-playing nations (including home series against England);
- "World Cup", the shortest section, featuring extracts from a handful of match reports from each tournament;
- "Counties", featuring extracts from reports, articles and even obituaries focussing on English domestic cricket;
- A strange but brilliant section called "Extras (Other Matches)" with extracts from reports and essays on matches not covered above, such as schools cricket, women's cricket, MCC exhibitions, one-off tournaments, oddball experimental matches, etc.
- Obituaries, featuring 'highlights' (if that's the right word) from the original Wisden write-ups for many major figures in the game's history as well as lesser-known people who led interesting lives
- My favourite section, "Records", tracks Wisden's original reporting of several major records as they tumbled through the decades
- ...and finally, "Unusual Occurrences", a light-hearted section to finish the book featuring extracts from match reports detailing weird and wonderful happenings, strange coincidences and funny turns of phrase, mostly drawn from Wisden's 20th Century first-class reports.
This is an absolute treasure trove of great cricket writing, carefully chosen to give a great reading experience. The Kindle version is really well laid-out and a delight to just curl up with, as well as being a bargain for this much reading. Excellent.
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