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Mystery Spinner: The Life and Death of an Extraordinary Cricketer by [Haigh, Gideon]
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One of the best cricket biographies I have ever read. -- Wisden Cricket Monthly

With sympathetic yet rigorous analysis of personality, and wonderful writing, (Haigh) has produced a classic. -- Sunday Times

About the Author

GIDEON HAIGH has covered all recent Ashes series in both Australia and England for The Times, the Guardian, or Wisden Cricketer, and written books about each one for Aurum. He is the author of a number of acclaimed cricket books, including Mystery Spinner, which was voted Cricket Society Book of the Year and recently chosen by The Times as one of its 50 greatest sports books of all time; The Big Ship (a biography of the Australian Test captain Warwick Armstrong); Many a Slip (a hilarious diary about his club side); two anthologies of material from Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, Peter the Lord’s Cat and Parachutist at Fine Leg; and several collections of essays. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and daughter.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1025 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press (25 April 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845138414
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845138417
  • ASIN: B007TADKSI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #541,815 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
This is definitely as good a biography as you could hope to read. The period detail and historical background, such as Iverson's early career as an Estate Agent and then his involvement as a soldier in WW2 set the foundations for his unlikely success on the cricket field. His rapid rise and almost as quick return to obscurity is a story handled perfectly by Haigh, arguably the best cricket writer around.
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This book is about Jack Iverson, an Australian spin bowler who appeared, quite literally out of nowhere, played cricket for 4 years (from the age of 31), earned himself the 10th best bowling figures that have ever been produced in test cricket, only to disappear just as fast because of an injury to his ankle, his spinning finger, and his confidence.

As I said, this is a biography, but it's a slightly weird biography. Iverson was never a "coming man" who people would tag for greatness (the author admits that one of the reasons he remembers Iverson so fondly was because of his freaky looking bowling action). He live an innocuous life before his brush with fame, and it was innocuous after fame had passed him by. As a result, Gideon Haigh (the author) regales us with how he tried to find anything out about Iverson's life.

This is an interesting book about an "ordinary man" who has a momentary brush with fame, before fading back into his earlier life. If that sounds like the sort of book that would interest you, then read this book. You'll enjoy it.
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Jack Iverson's story is Roy-of-the-Rovers stuff. The tale of the mystery bowler who comes from nowhere to win a test is not uncommon in fiction, but in this case it actually happened. Haigh's book is a well researched biography and makes entertaining reading. There are a couple of bits of 'padding' but it is well worth the read.
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This is an extremely well-written book, which will be of interest not only to cricket fans, but also to all those interested in human life. This is a tragic human story, centred around the astonishing rise to sporting fame of Jack Iverson when in his 30s; and his equally sudden disappearance from public view,. One of the best cricket books of our generation, I heartily recommend it to one and all.
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