The Trundlers Paperback – 2 May 2013
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Quirky and thoroughly entertaining (Good Book Guide)
This may be a book forged in the deepest pit of eccentricity, but nobody writes about cricket's lunatic fringe more beguilingly (John Preston Daily Mail)
An unalloyed delight for anyone remotely interest in the history of the game (Independent on Sunday, Sport Book of the Week)
Affectionate, witty and often hilarious, Harry Pearson celebrates medium-paced 'trundlers'; cricket's most overlooked men.See all Product Description
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Harry Pearson's latest book is a celebration of bowlers whose heyday came in the age of uncovered wickets, when their command of line and length made them the trickiest of all bowlers. You might get down the track to a flighting spinner and hit him on the full toss. You might get respite from a quick bowler who was errant in line and length, but the trundler would always be at you, making you play and getting available assistance from the ball, wicket and weather.
Those uncovered wickets at times rendered them unplayable and Harry Pearson's book is a cavalcade of the great bowlers through the history of the game whose feats have entered into folklore. Thus the book starts with Edward 'Lumpy' Stevens, whose eighteenth century lobs were of such accuracy that they necessitated the introduction of a third, middle stump, where previously a batsman would not have been out when it passed through the gap. The names of the intervening period are also discussed, but the book really comes into its own with the advent of the golden era of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
There's George Hirst, whose inswing was so pronounced that at times it was 'like facing a throw coming in from the covers' and Maurice Tate, that most worthy of bowlers from Sussex, not remotely built like an athlete but a man who would willingly bowl all day and find the right line and length every time.Read more ›
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Given to me as a Chritsmas present I thought it would be a good read. Wrong! I thought it pedestrian at best and, frankly, I could have most of the detail from Wisden about most... Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2014 by Mr. Stephen D. Wassell
Amusing, informative and well written: Trundlers is not quite in the class of Pearson's Slipless in Settle, but highly recommended for those who wish to find out more about... Read morePublished on 30 Oct. 2013 by Michael Francis Somerton
Harry Pearson rarely disappoints those who like cricket, and the game's more unusual characters, and here he turns his verbal spotlight on some of the less famous bowlers. Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2013 by Bing
As always Pearson writes wonderfully funny prose. Would have preferred a less comprehensive volume which went into more depth --particularly post-warPublished on 30 July 2013 by leigh hughes
Pearson has the happy knack of producing lots of factual information with wit and charm. His name on the cover is a guarantee of a good read.Published on 12 July 2013 by M. Carney
Knowledgable and laced with Harry's hallmark dry wit. One to send to my cricket loving cousins as well as enjoy myslfPublished on 7 July 2013 by Mrs. C. L. Seheult