Harold Larwood

Harold Larwood

By (author) Duncan Hamilton


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Winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year, this is the first ever biography of Harold Larwood. Larwood, one of the most talented, accurate and intimidating fast bowlers of all time is mainly remembered for his role in the infamous Bodyline series of 1932-3 which brought Anglo-Australian diplomatic relations to the brink of collapse. Larwood was made the scapegoat - and despite the fact he was simply following his captain's instructions, he never played cricket for England again. Devastated by this betrayal, he eventually emigrated to Australia, where he was accepted by the country that had once despised him. Acclaimed author Duncan Hamilton has gained unprecedented access to the late sportsman's family and archives to tell the story of a true working-class hero and cricketing legend.

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 22mm | 421.84g
  • 01 Jul 2010
  • Quercus Publishing
  • London
  • English
  • Illustrations, ports.
  • 1849162077
  • 9781849162074
  • 46,086

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Duncan Hamilton is also the author of the 2007 William Hill Sports Book of the Year, Provided You Don't Kiss Me: 20 Years with Brian Clough and A Last English Summer: The Biography of a Cricket Season.

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'A near-masterpiece... a magnificently written, intensely moving story of... a great England fast bowler. ... If you want to know why the Ashes matter, you could do worse then lose yourself for a few days in the story of this great and humble man.' Mike Atherton, the Times. 'Wonderful ... Meticulously researched and beautifully written. Please read it.' Mike Selvey, Guardian. This is cricket biography of the highest stamp, fit to compare in recent memory with Gideon Haigh's excavation of the life of Jack Iverson, David Foot's dramatic revisionism on Wally Hammond and Leo McKinstry's remarkably even-handed portrait of Geoff Boycott. Five stars' Wisden Cricketer. 'Finally Larwood's memory is honoured with the biography it deserves' Independent on Sunday. 'An excellent storyteller, Hamilton looks beyond the dry detail of Bodyline to illuminate its principal perpetrator' The Cricketer.

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