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Stroke of Genius: Victor Trumper and the Shot that Changed Cricket Hardcover – 22 Sep 2016
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‘Australia’s finest writer on cricket now turns his masterly prose to another legendary cricketer…his quest is gripping’ (Richard Morrison The Times)
‘Impeccably researched…the book is a triumph’ (Benedict Gardner All Out Cricket)
‘This may be the book Haigh was destined to write. Rich and rewarding… this is the cricket book of the year’ (Paul Edwards Cricinfo)
‘A study befitting the man Haigh describes as being the first Australian to be the best in the world at anything’ (Russell Jackson Guardian Australia)
‘A cracking book...fabulous, thought-provoking’ (Tanya Aldred, Cricketer)
‘The year’s best cricket book’ (Daily Telegraph Books of the Year)
‘Well researched and engagingly written, this exemplary work reveals a hidden history…superbly told story’ (Sunday Times Sport Book of the Year.)
‘Brings a virtuoso’s breadth of reference and perception to a famous photograph of cricketer Victor Trumper.’ (Huw Richards Guardian)
‘One of his best yet…it is ultimately about iconography and idolatry’ (Andy Bull Observer)
‘Easily the cricket book of the year, of the century…It extends the possibility of cricket-writing-as-literature. If you read only one book published this year, it will have to be this’ (Suresh Menon The Hindu)
About the Author
Gideon Haigh has been writing about sport, business, both and neither, for more than 30 years. His previous biography, On Warne, won the MCC/Cricket Society and the British Sports Book Awards prizes as the cricket book of the year. He lives in Melbourne.
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Gideon Haigh, a London born Australian, is a well-respected cricket author, widely published and read by cricket fans worldwide. Now he tackles someone who not only has an iconic action photograph who even in death is still a massive legend in Australian cricket, Victor Trumper. In his day when on Ashes duty in England he was cheered by fans of both countries, something that truly is rare in modern Ashes cricket.
What we learn from Stroke of Genius that the picture has tended to obscure some of Victor Trumper’s achievements out in the middle. He examines not only the iconic photograph but also dives in to the life and legend of Trumper and tries to break down the man and the legend for those of us who never saw him play.
What we must remember is that the shot that turned Trumper into a cricketing icon was taken during the Ashes tour of 1905 at the Kennington Oval. If one looks at the picture closely, you are able to see the concentration on Trumper’s face as the famous ‘baggy green’ is pulled down in a poise of power ready for a long and hard drive.
It must be remembered that Trumper took the game of cricket from the slow, static game of the Victorian era, to a more modern game we recognise today. Throughout the book Haigh examines the evolution of cricket, and the popularity of the game in the Edwardian years right up to the death of Trumper in 1915 from Bright’s Disease.
This really is a truly wonderful book on one of the most iconic cricketers of all time and still a respected legend of Australian cricket even today.