Golden Boy: Kim Hughes and the bad old days of Australian cricket Paperback – 6 Aug 2009
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The book you should have heard of ... This brilliant history of Australia captain Kim Hughes is your real must-read. (OBSERVER)
Shedding new light on the 'club' of Lillee, Marsh and the Chappells, Golden Boy examines the most tumultuous era of Australian cricket through the lens of the story of flawed genius, Kim Hughes.See all Product Description
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A Test average of just under 40 is indicative of talent, but not at the very highest level and a player with Hughes attitude - one similar to Michael Slater, Virender Sehwag, Chris Gayle and a few more - will always entertain and infuriate in equal measure. As he showed in the centenary Test at Lords, Hughes was like the little girl with the curl: when he was good, he was very, very good - though when he was bad...
I've read a good few books over the years that purported to be "explosive" and this is one of the few that genuinely lives up to the billing. A number of the main protagonists declined to be interviewed for it and the author, Christian Ryan, has done a remarkable job in piecing together the story of an Australian dressing room at a time of turmoil from those willing to talk. There was a lot going on of course - the Packer revolution, rebel tours and big name/big ego players was a recipe for disaster, unless overseen by a player of equable temperament and ability.Read more ›
The eldest son of a Western Australian headmaster, Hughes seems to have been born with an innate self-confidence, a trait encouraged by his parents when they noticed his sporting abilities. Kim himself saw the defining moment of his life as meeting his personal cricket coach, Frank Parry. The type of coach Parry was is encapsulated in an anecdote Ryan tells about a time Hughes got a duck in a club match. Parry phoned the disconsulate Hughes after the game and said "Your left elbow was right, your head was fantastic, your footwork was great. As a matter of fact it was the best made duck I've ever seen in my whole life. You were perfect. There's only you and Don Bradman".
Despite these blips, he eventually made the Western Australian state team. His immense talent was noted, as was noticed his propensity to decide on his shots before the ball was bowled, and his tendency to get out at the wrong time while trying to entertain the crowd. John Inverarity, his captain when Hughes made a sparklin debut century in the Sheffield Shield, criticised him for getting caught on the fence while going for a six just before lunch. This was nothing to what his teammates had in store for him in the future.
Dennis Lillee and Rodney Marsh were what you could call stereotypical Aussie cricketers. They drank, swore, sledged and insisted youngsters paid their dues. Kim Hughes, with his breezy talent and innate self-confidence, irritated the hell out of them.Read more ›
The subject matter is Kim Hughes, one of the truly excellent natural players that Australia has produced.
It focuses on how the performance of a national sports team can be affected by certain archaic belief systems... and cruelled by Australia's tall poppy syndrome (fuelled by jealousy and personal prejudices).
It's well researched, with all of the major figures approached, and most of them interviewed. The emergence of World Series Cricket is dealt with expertly.
The author exhibits a remarkable turn of phrase and writing is always lively. Even the accounts of Hughes' matches as a youngster drive you to the edge of your seat!
I bought this book in Australia and have found it so satisfying that I wanted to tell the world! Well, the Amazon world, anyway...
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A skilful evocation of a not so golden period for Australian cricket and of the man who suffered more than most. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jock Mackie
A superbly written account of the rise and fall of one of Australia's most gifted batsmen. Kim Hughes had the looks, the talent and the personality to have become one of the icons... Read morePublished on 22 July 2014 by Tim Rich
Kim Hughes has virtually been air-brushed out of Australian cricket history. Largely forgotten, if he's remembered for anything at all it is for his tearful resignation, at a time... Read morePublished on 15 July 2014 by Patrick Clarke
This book is a man of that was born in the wrong era of Austraila. He came against the triumvirate of at the strong willed players of any era. Good read but sad.Published on 21 Mar. 2014 by Jambro
A great warts and all book about a forgotten cricket hero.well worth a read. A cricket era far removed from todayPublished on 19 Jan. 2014 by linnie
Viv Richards was mightier, Greg Chappell more classical, but in his pomp, perheaps no batsman of his era was as exciting to watch as Kim Hughes, who played at least two of the... Read morePublished on 16 July 2013 by Dr H.Alloy
I was motivated to read this book after seeing Tom Hardy's excellent film about the Ashes series of 1981 in England. Read morePublished on 1 July 2013 by William Marshall