By Derek Birley
Acclaimed as a magisterial, vintage paintings, A Social historical past of English Cricket is an encyclopaedic survey of the sport, from its humble origins all of the approach to smooth floodlit finishes. however it can also be the tale of English tradition, reflected in a activity that has regularly been a posh repository of our manners, hierarchies and politics. Derek Birley’s survey of the impression on cricket of 2 international wars, Empire and ‘the English caste system’, will, contends Ian Wooldridge, ‘teach an clever baby of twelve extra approximately their background than she or he will ever decide up at school.’ in precisely below four hundred pages Birley takes us via a wealthy old tapestry: how the sport was once snatched from rustic obscurity by way of gentlemanly gamblers; grew to become the peak of overdue eighteenth century metropolitan type; was once changed into either image and synonym for British imperialism; and its more moderen fight to dislodge the discomforting social values preserved within the video game from its imperial heyday. fantastically witty and funny, peopled through larger-than-life characters from Denis Compton to Ian Botham, and absolutely forswearing nostalgia, A Social background of English Cricket is a tour-de-force by means of one of many nice writers on cricket.
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