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Mystery Spinner: The Story of Jack Iverson Hardcover – 1 May 2000
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'Gideon Haigh pursues his extraordinary subject with a breadth of awareness rare in the sports-biog trade' -- New Statesman
'Haigh leads us through Iverson's startling progression from sub-district to Sheffield Shield and Test cricket with great vividness, taking a couple of chapters out to summarize brilliantly the evolution of bowling from the early days of under-arm and the development of swing and spin, in particular the dark arts of the googly. But this is more than just a book about a cricketer. It is a genuine biography, a serious attempt to get to the heart of a more involved mystery than the way his subject bamboozled batsmen' -- Times Literary Supplement
'One of the best cricket biographies I have ever read ... a superb book' -- Matthew Engel, Wisden Cricket Monthly
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.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely wonderful book, fascinating stuff and - no surprise here - beautifully written. If you like cricket and the writing of Gideon Haigh - and why wouldn't you? Read morePublished 18 months ago by PJ Sturdee