More Than A Game: The Story of Cricket's Early Years Hardcover – 1 May 2007
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'I cannot imagine a better guide – authoritative, graceful and always with an eye to bringing out the quirky characters who have made cricket “more than a game”…(Major's) fascination with human behaviour makes lively reading…as a readable and likeable historian of what he loves, he takes some beating. He knows the beauty of the game and makes it live.' Daily Mail
'Expertly compiled and beautifully produced…it's a book full of insight, wisdom and dry humour and, most important of all, unquenchable enthusiasm which will be appreciated by everyone who shares it.’ Sunday Times
'Passion flows through every page…it's likely that as a work of reference "More Than a Game" will supplant its predecessors…long after all the self-serving political memoirs have been utterly forgotten, "More Than a Game" will still be settling arguments and giving pleasure across the civilised, cricket-loving world.' Sunday Telegraph
‘Major's passion illuminates a beautifully produced and engaging account of the game's history from its origins to the first world war.’ Sunday Times
'It's a spectacular achievement. I can't think of anyone else who could have given such an authoritative inner and overview of the game and have the ability and knowledge to put it in the context of cultural, commercial, historical and social happenings at the same time. But more than that, it is a personal book and, even with the extraordinary amount of information, thoroughly readable…a startlingly good book. John has done a marvellous job, and I think, for the first time ever, we have both the reasonably well-known and the unknown facts about cricket put in a social and historical context and in a readable and concise fashion.' David Rayvern Allen
From the Publisher
Former Prime Minister, John Major shares with us one of his great lifelong
passions - the game of cricket.
Richly entertaining and thoroughly researched, Major traces the history and
development of cricket from its early beginnings up to 1900.
The National Sporting Club, Annual British Sports Book Awards 2008 - WINNER: BEST CRICKET BOOKSee all Product Description
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There are some curious omissions - no mention at all of the very first international cricket match (it was between Canada and the USA in 1844, Canada winning in two days), and he seems to dismiss North American cricket altogether as if it did not exist outside the islands of the Caribbean - perhaps in his eagerness to include an old joke about the five day game. But he also gives insightful comments on cricket's likely future being dominated by the subcontinent and explains why England can no longer claim cricket as her own. These insights are thought-provoking, albeit he sometimes disguises opinion as fact.
Sir John's book will remind many of his term of office in that it starts strongly and then trails off. If this seems unkind, Sir John invites the comparison with a swipe at New Labour (over the lottery) that seems entirely out of place and unjustified. There is no doubting Sir John's authority on cricket, but the weakest parts of the book come when he attempts to discuss other sports with the same authority. He also uses the word England instead of Britain on an irritating number of occasions (such as when referring to the winners of the Olympic gold medal for cricket in 1900).Read more ›
More Than a Game: The Story of Cricket's Early Years
Sorry, it just didn't meet my expectations...but you can't get five stars every time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Being a cricket fan I would like him to do a book leading to present day an excellent book about early days of cricketPublished 13 months ago by paulhattersley
John Major writes very well and I am a big fan. That is why I bought this book, even though I hate cricket with a passion!Published 19 months ago by sophietrophy
I chose this book as a present for my partner who lives and breathes cricket. He found it very informative and interesting to all cricket lovers. It is highly recommended.Published on 17 Nov. 2013 by hobbygirl 2010
It is obvious that John Major must have really enjoyed writing this book. He certainly didn't make it easy - by focusing on the first years of cricket, Major picked the time where... Read morePublished on 15 Sept. 2011 by Sport Nut
Former PM Major has turned to his other great love - cricket to write this interesting and highly informative history of the early years of the game. Read morePublished on 20 Dec. 2009 by Hayles
John Major's love of cricket is well known and this weighty volume bears testament to it, along with his careful research and fine prose. Read morePublished on 28 Aug. 2008 by M. V. Clarke
The quality of the research and the insight and love of cricket are evident, you can almost hear for better or worse John speaking when reading it. Read morePublished on 20 July 2008 by JHad
Anyone who read John Major's autobiography and found parts of it a little stodgy and hard going will be pleasantly surprised at the light touch he shows here. Read morePublished on 26 May 2008 by G. L. Haggett