This is an excellent biography of English cricket by the Sunday Times cricket correspondent. The research is meticulous , the detail impressive.All the greats of the past are discussed such as : ppppGrace, Hammond, Hutton, Compton, Trueman, Flintoff, May, Botham and many, many others.
In 35 chapters Simon covers, for example: gentlemen v players, spofforth, Warner and Yorkshire, captaincy, Hobbes and Rhodes, the great West Indies side, bodyline, touring, the politicisation of the game, Basil D'Oliveira, the umpire, Tony Greig, Boycott and Packer, the fitness cult, tv, pay issues, Duncan Fletcher, the IPL, Strauss and the white ball. There is an excellent foreword by Edward Smith, many illustrations, a statistical appendix that is truly fascinating, sour.ces and a short bibliography.
The author pulls no punches. This is not a book wallowing in nostalgia. The whole is an insightful and balanced account of a great sport. It will not be bettered.