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Portrait of a Cricketing Genius
on 27 June 2011
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this biography of Jack Hobbs, who is quite possibly the greatest ever English batsman. The book, however, is not just a biography, but also a social history of the life and times of the subject, when professional cricketers were looked down upon by the amateurs who controlled the game. Hobbs was one of those who helped to change that, although not through being militant, but purely through the artistry and success of his cricket (he was also an outstanding fielder and useful bowler), and his popularity, both at home and in Australia..
Although the book covers Hobbs prodigious run scoring in some detail, it does not resort to lots of boring statistics to do so. Indeed, it also covers his personal and family life, as well as one or two controversial incidents that took place!
Very highly recommended, and a fine tribute to a wonderful cricketer, and a gentleman.