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on 5 November 2010
I knew something of Larwood before reading the book. Bodyline or Leg Theory bowling is part of our cricket heritage. However I learned so much more from this book, not only about cricket in Larwood's time period but also about Larwood the man. Perhaps the most interesting part of the book for me was the treatment of Jardine and particularly Larwood by the MCC after their Ashes success.
I've read Duncan Hamilton's other books on both cricket and football, and would have to recommend him strongly as a sports writer
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on 21 December 2010
A truly compelling book on a working class man persecuted by the MCC just for doing what his captain ,Douglas Jardine told him to do in the test series .A truly explosive bowler, possibly none faster or ever will be.Its about a shy and very private man getting away from the coal pits to do something that many bowlers these days wouldnt even be capable of doing these days .A compelling read ,not just for the ardent cricket fan ,but for people who can respect those who overcome hardship and doing what he did best.
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on 13 September 2013
As a life long fan of Harold Larwood, to find a book which tells is whole story truthfully is truly like a breath of fresh air. one of the best fast bowlers to ever grace the cricket field is described in detail, at last Harold as been given back his place as a cricket great.

A superb read and a truly great sports story, which is so readable by both sports fans and other you don't have to be interested in cricket to enjoy this book, it holds its own as an interesting story to be read by all!!!
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on 25 June 2010
This is the most comprehensive biography I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It is authoritatively written, extensively researched, and throws a completely new and different perspective on the infamous Bodyline test cricket series of 1932/3.It is one of those rare 'unputdownable' books which is hugely rewarding to read. Perhaps its greatest attribute is that, at last, it throws light on a most reclusive and unfairly maligned man who was arguably the fastest bowler in the world - of any age!
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on 10 October 2010
A great book that should be judged as being a work of contemporary historical writing rather than as yet another example that much maligned, and sometimes very rightly, genre sporting [auto]biography.

It is very fair minded and the Aussie cricketers who faced Larwood's superb bowling especially Jack Fingelton and Bill Woodfull emerge with very great credit.

Duncan Hamilton doesn't mention Bradman's 'war record', but that's another issue.
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on 24 March 2015
this is written by one of the best sports writers of this or any other time. An in-depth, revealing, entertaining account of a controversy that just wont die, involving one of the greatest bowlers ever, one of the greatest batsmen ever{Bradman} and a riveting tale of tactics, courage and loyalty. Well worth a browse for not just cricket or sports fans but anyone who enjoys a good story about a life and events worth reading about.
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on 27 September 2014
Suffice to say……..I was given paperback version of this book, read it, loved it so much that I bought the hardback. Definitely a keeper.

A tremendous tale, full of humour, pathos and cricket history.

From the very first page, where Hamilton describes seeing the 'last ball that Larwood bowled at Trent Bridge', this is a wonderful read.
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on 1 September 2013
This is probably the best cricket biography I have read to date. The story of Harold Larwood's career and the characters involved in Bodyline and beyond is quite fascinating. No doubt that Harold Larwood was a magnificent fast bowler and his story is a unique and moving one. A must read for all cricket fans....should have read this ages ago!
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on 30 January 2015
Excellent . Very exciting whilst reading cricket events .Equally sad when the M.C.C & the administration shunned Harold Larwood. In fact it was a National disgrace . A wonderful bowler who deserved far more recognition for his undeniable dedication to the matters in hand i.e defeating the Australians' , in particular Donald Bradman.
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on 6 September 2016
very good. well written. ideal for anyone with a long standing or passing interest in cricket and the bodyline. Hamilton's writing style is very relaxed and informative without being dull and over reliant on the headlines and statistics that sometimes overwhelm some publications about the game. Would happily recommend.
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