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 Wisden Cricketers Almanack

Wisden Cricketers Almanack 2002
the Best
(Wisden Cricketers' Almanack)

by John Wisden, Graeme Wright

 (Hardcover - June 2002)

 As certain as the changing of the seasons, the new edition of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack heralds the forthcoming season with a review of all things cricketing over the previous year. The third millennium proves no exception on this account, as the famous yellow volume clocks up another year. Yet the 2000 edition, the 137th, is something special, looking back over the whole of the last century of cricket, as well as the year just passed.

 As part of this celebration, the five cricketers of the century are listed, and what a selection it is. Alongside the incomparable Bradman stand Hobbs, Sobers, Viv Richards, and Warne. The selection is one for aficionados to debate for many a long evening, and that's just for starters. How about the best 100 matches of the century, one for every year? They're all here too. And that's the beauty of it--Wisden 2000 is guaranteed to bring back many a golden memory.

 Elsewhere, this year's edition features the usual array of articles, facts, figures, reports, and miscellany, all edited in a meticulous but lively manner by Matthew Engel, sadly for the last time. This year's contributions include a retrospective on the career of retired Australian captain Mark Taylor, a look back at the 1999 World Cup in England, and a moving tribute to the late great West Indian paceman, Malcolm Marshall. With such breadth, the appeal is as clear as ever.

 As a true chronicler of sport, Wisden has been unequaled for many years. Like its predecessors, the 2000 edition will bring pleasure to cricket lovers the world over. --Trevor Crowe, Amazon.co.uk 

 With its time-honored mixture of statistics and reports, accolades and unexpected happenings, Wisden assesses a year of controversy and achievement for men and women within the sport of cricket. This Millennium Wisden edition will feature a special section devoted to cricket in the twentieth-century. The highlight will be the selection and appreciation of Five Cricketers of the Century. Chosen by a panel of one-hundred cricketing experts, the names of the five will not be announced until publication. Also included, as a once-only offer, Wisden will be packaged with a free paperback book celebrating its publication in every year of the twentieth century, with an extract from every edition of Wisden from 1900 to 1999.

 "Another beauty, well-ordered, readable, evocative. No other sport comes close." --The Independent on Sunday

 "A rich blend of controversy, erudition and statistical detail"--The Daily Telegraph

Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2000 / A Century of Wisden
by Matthew Engel

Wisdens Cricketers Almanack
[MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION]
  -- 1 issues/12 months
Coverage and examination of contemporary cricket in England and overseas, including all score cards and records.

A Corner of a Foreign Field: The Indian History of a British Sport
by Ramachandra Guha
Ramachandra Guha is one of the world's foremost historians and writers on cricket. Here he is offering three books to Picador. The first will be an Indian history of a British sport - cricket which will be written in his usual animated and highly informed way. The second book is a fascinating anthology of what people have said about Gandhi - from politicians, writers, artists. It will be very international and hugely enlightening. The third book is a definitive biography of Gandhi - Gandhi is regarded as one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century and Guha is the perfect biographer. Ramachandra Guha's book is an extraordinary work of non-fiction. Charting the social history of cricket in India he not only sheds light on the way a society works during a time of massive social and political transformation (the small but important social arguments that take place - for example, the staking out of territory in terms of public parks; the changes in position between the ruler and the ruled and within the limits of caste and class) but he also brilliantly traces the links between sport and politics. A Corner of a Foreign Field makes references to the 1936 Olympics and the cricket boycott of South Africa and it is in these references that the key to this extraordinary book lies. In prose that is entertaining and incisive, Guha subtly demonstrates that a national sport can not fail to have social and political ramifications and that these ramifications both reflect and often provoke major political change. This book is important not only as an historical record but also as an analysis of the way in which sport has affected modern history. It is, most importantly, very entertaining and is that rarest of things - a book about cricket that will grip both fans and non-fans alike.

Legends of Cricket: Profiles of the Game's 25 Greatest
by Geoff Armstrong

Cricket: Techniques, Tactics, Training (Crowood Sports Guides)
by Doug Ferguson

Cricket Explained
by Robert Eastaway, Mark Stevens
The complexities of the game of cricket are lost on most Americans. Eastaway, an avid cricketer, attempts to remedy this situation in a short yet inclusive look at a sport that is popular in Great Britain as well as numerous nations around the world, usually former British colonies. In addition to dispensing some basic history, the author attempts to show exactly what happens on the playing field, which player does what and why, and what all the baffling terminology (googly, flipper, cow corner, tonk, etc.) means. Those already bitten by the cricket "bug" (pun intended) will find this work helpful, but if readers don't have much interest in cricket to begin with, this book will probably not instill any. Written mostly in a question-and-answer format, with illustrations that are more cutesy than useful, this title will probably be of limited interest. Libraries that maintain in-depth sports collections should consider purchasing. Others can get by with a good sports or general encyclopedia.

A Century of Cricket Jokes
by Bill Stott, Helen Exley (Hardcover)

Cricket's Strangest Matches
by Andrew Ward
 If you're a cricket fan, there aren't many books out there for you. However, in this book, Andrew Ward tells about some legendary matches, some of which happened back in the 1800's. If you like cricket, get this book!

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Cricket's Strangest Matches
by Andrew Ward

Wisden Cricketers Almanack 2002/the Best (Wisden Cricketers' Almanack)
by John Wisden, Graeme Wright

Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2000 / A Century of Wisden
by Matthew Engel

A Corner of a Foreign Field: The Indian History of a British Sport
by Ramachandra Guha

Wisdens Cricketers Almanack [MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION] -- 1 issues/12 months

Legends of Cricket: Profiles of the Game's 25 Greatest
by Geoff Armstrong

Cricket: Techniques, Tactics, Training (Crowood Sports Guides)
by Doug Ferguson

Cricket Explained
by Robert Eastaway, Mark Stevens


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