An excellent biography of one of the first great professional batsmen. Based on correspondance by the cricketer himself Peter Wynne-Thomas gives us an insight into his multifaceted career. Not content with racking up over 26000 runs between 1875 and 1902 he was also an assiduous businessman as well as organizing cricket and rugby tours to Australia and New Zealand not to mention leading the first strike with his team-mate Alfred Shaw in protest against the "serfdom" imposed on the professional cricketer. It seems incredible how despite all the distractions and problems associated with his business ventures he never let it affect his form at the crease. His batting was based on technique, hard work and exceptional concentration. Like so many of his cricketing contemporaries his end was tragic. Imagining he was suffering from an incurable illness he shot himself in 1903. Just a quick note on the cover illustration. It comes from a book called "Cricket's Golden Summer" by Gerry Wright. It contains paintings of Golden Age cricketers in a landscape setting with a commentary by David Frith. A lovely book to browse through - I was fortunate to find it a few yeras ago in a second-hand bookshop in Liverpool.
Bought this as my Uncle Gerald Shrewsbury helped towards the writing of the book. My grand-dad Joseph Shrewsbury helped to make the cricket bats at Shaw & Shrewsbury & mine & my brothers names appear in the back of the book in the family tree. Even though the book is used it is in excellent condition & I'll be passing it down to my grand son.