A Social History of English Cricket by Derek Birley

By Derek Birley

Acclaimed as a magisterial, vintage paintings, A Social heritage of English Cricket is an encyclopaedic survey of the sport, from its humble origins all of the approach to sleek floodlit finishes. however it can also be the tale of English tradition, reflected in a game that has consistently been a fancy repository of our manners, hierarchies and politics. Derek Birley’s survey of the effect on cricket of 2 global wars, Empire and ‘the English caste system’, will, contends Ian Wooldridge, ‘teach an clever baby of twelve extra approximately their historical past than she or he will ever choose up at school.’ in exactly lower than four hundred pages Birley takes us via a wealthy old tapestry: how the sport was once snatched from rustic obscurity by means 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 online game from its imperial heyday. fantastically witty and funny, peopled through larger-than-life characters from Denis Compton to Ian Botham, and thoroughly forswearing nostalgia, A Social historical past of English Cricket is a tour-de-force through one of many nice writers on cricket.

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