In this wide-ranging and beautifully-produced anthology, Test Match Special's Jonathan "Aggers" Agnew, chooses a wide variety of writings on the sport that has consumed his life, from the 1932/33 Ashes (Bodyline) series right up to the present day.
In a series of carefully considered, thematically organised reflections, he examines the importance of their contribution to our understanding and appreciation of cricket. With input from several eminent cricketing historians, including the librarian at Lord’s, the book contains a fascinating range of material, from renowned classics to books that have hardly seen the light of day in the United Kingdom (e.g. The Hanse Cronje Story by Garth King); from overseas fiction to modern day autobiographies (Marcus Trescothick, Simon Hughes, Mike Brearley etc.) that have attained classic status.
With 75 seminal cricket images, original line drawings and a comprehensive index, this book is a must-have for any self-respecting cricket fan.
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By Thomas on 19-08-13
Brilliant anthology rather spoilt
Would you listen to Cricket: A Modern Anthology again? Why?
What did you like best about this story?
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Nick Taylor?
Anyone who could pronounce words and names correctly. e.g. lieutenant (pronounced the American way when referring to someone in the British army), Greenidge, Belvoir, etc. as well as those of sub-continetal players.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The part written by Basil D'Oliveira
Any additional comments?
As above. The narration was ridiculous.
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By Mr on 21-08-13
Could Have been edited better and narrated clearer
There were some very interesting sories but my enjoyment was spoilt by not knowing when "jonathan Agnew" was telling the story or when it was written by someone else.
It would have been better if JA (or somebody other than Nick Taylor) had narrated all of his bits and Nick Taylor had just read the extracted stories.
Nick Taylor has a clear voice but due to the fact this is non fiction he did not consider "characterising" any of the persons stories
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