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If you love cricket and are intrigued by the "Bodyline" test series then I expect you have already bought this title and have loved it as much as I have. But even if you are not a fan of the game you should consider this book. Duncan Hamilton's writing captures both the man and the times in which he lived to perfection. Larwood is clearly Hamilton's hero and by the end of the book I suspect he will be yours too. The character traits that made Larwood the best bowler in the world and also contributed to his downfall - single-mindedness, personal humility and sheer hard work - are beautifully drawn. You can almost smell the sweat in the changing rooms and feel the fear of the incoming batsman as Larwood flew into bowl. It shows how the world of sport has changed beyond recognition. How many county bowlers would be prepared to walk seven miles to the county ground, bowl all day and then walk back again? The text is wonderfully served by Alex Jennings who captures the class-ridden world of 1920' and 1930's cricket perfectly with his voice characterisation. I cannot recommend this recording enough.
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I listened to this book over the course of 2 night shift and was annoyed everytime someone spoke to me.
This is a 1st class book, well written, and well read.
The story of a quiet man who just wanted to enjoy playing cricket, if only life was that simple.
Both touching and amusing if you like cricket history you will love this book.
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