The Little Wonder
- The Remarkable History of Wisden
- Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
- Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 22-10-14
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
In 1937 it was just 48 hours from liquidation, and in the Second World War a German bomber set fire to the company’s headquarters, destroying its records. And yet somehow, the yellow (since 1938) book has retained its antique, rugged character. It is a labour-of-love collection of records for cricket obsessives, but also a hearty eccentric. It loves to count the number of wides in a season, but also delights in relating tales from far-flung pavilions.
Through the telling of Wisden's story, we also glimpse the history of English, and world, cricket. The book is a window onto the game's most charismatic characters, its high points, lows and political storms. In The Little Wonder, Robert Winder traces the central role the game has played in national life for so long. The book's 150th anniversary in 2013 is the ideal time to tell the extraordinary story of Wisden's - and cricket's - journey from Victorian times to the modern world. New every year, it feels as though it has been with us for ever.
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By G on 27-07-15
A wonderful history of the "bible of cricket"
This is a terrific listen. The history of Wisden is also the history of cricket and the social history of the nation that gave birth to the sport. This retelling is wonderfully readable, spry and arch when necessary. Chock full of the doings of the game's greats- Grace, Hobbs et al.
The reader's performance is warm and lively.
Overall a great book!
NB: in searching Audible for 'cricket' this book does not show up. It is very much about cricket. I only found it by chance, searching for 'Wisden'.