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Enjoyed it, but cannot rave about it
on 3 May 2013
In lots of ways this was a fascinating book about the great and the good of the late Victorian and early Edwardian era, and in particular world class writers such as Conan Doyle, Milne and Wodehouse who were all members of the Allahakbarries cricket team.
This team was created by J.M Barrie, write of Peter Pan. He had huge enthusiasm for the game of cricket, but had very little talent. Barrie created this team that played at Shere for the first few matches, and as years went on played elsewhere. Some of the members of the team were first class cricketers in their own right, as well as being published authors. Sadly some members were not particularly good at cricket, or sport for that matter.
The make up of the team and members is hugely complicated; not helps by fragmentary documentation that there is on them, but the narrative was not always easy to follow. The book also looks at the literary achievements of the members, most were very successful authors, playwrights and a lot of them wrote for Punch. The narrative weaves its way through the closely knit establishment figures and details the relationships between theses men.
That said, the author has done a good job of making an interesting story, and eliciting the facts from the fragments.