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    DescriptionThe astonishing feats of Sir Jack Hobbs continue to resonate more than a century after he first played Test cricket. During his long career that stretched from the age of W.G. Grace to the era of Don Bradman, he scored more first-class runs and centuries than any player. Even today, he remains England's greatest run maker in Ashes Tests. He changed the art of batting with his elegant style, and transformed the status of professional cricketers through the strength of his personality. Born into poverty, Hobbs rose to have a central role in some of Test cricket's most explosive series, but not without controversy and dispute. At last here is a comprehensive biography of Hobbs, giving us fresh insights into every aspect of his story. SHORTLISTED FOR THE BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS 2012 CRICKET BOOK OF THE YEAR.


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    Title
    Jack Hobbs
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Leo McKinstry
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 321 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780224083300
    ISBN 10: 0224083309
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.4
    BIC subject category V2: BGS, WSJC
    BISAC V2.8: BIO016000, SPO054000
    DC23: 796.358092
    BIC subject category V2: CVS
    Thema V1.0: DNBS, SFD
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, ports.
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    YELLOW JERSEY PRESS
    Publication date
    04 June 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Leo McKinstry, born in Belfast in 1962, writes regularly for the Daily Express, the Daily Mail and the Spectator. He has written nine books, including a life of Geoff Boycott, which was recently named one of the finest cricket books written in a Wisden poll. His biography of Jack and Bobby Charlton was a top-ten bestseller and won the Sports Book of the Year award, while his study of Lord Rosebery won Channel Four Political Book of the year. Most recently he has written a trilogy about the RAF in the Second World War.
    Review quote
    "Leo McKinstry has written an intelligent, straightforward account of Hobbs, both as man and as cricketer" -- Robert Cheshire Literary Review "This learned and wide-ranging book skilfully recreates a vanished world and resuscitates the reputation of one who might well be England's greatest cricketer" -- Marcus Berkman Daily Mail "McKinstry captures the spirit of this thoroughly decent man, and also the spirit of the age where he dominated" -- Michael Henderson Spectator "Magnificent... A tender and intriguing picture of the man" -- Michael Simkins Mail on Sunday "It makes for excellent social history... McKinstry does an excellent job, recounting Hobb's exploits with impressive thoroughness" -- Simon Wilde Sunday Times
    Back cover copy
    'Impressive... McKinstry does an excellent job recounting Hobbs' exploits' Times The astonishing feats of Sir Jack Hobbs continue to resonate more than a century after he first played Test cricket. During his long career, which stretched from the age of W. G. Grace to the era of Don Bradman, he scored more first-class runs and centuries than any other player. Even today, he remains England's greatest run maker in Ashes Tests. He changed the art of batting with his elegant style, and transformed the status of professional cricketers through the strength of his personality. Born into poverty, Hobbs rose to have a central role in some of Test cricket's most explosive series, but not without little-known controversy and dispute. At last here is a comprehensive biography of Hobbs, giving us fresh insights into every aspect of his story. 'This learned and wide-ranging book skilfully recreates a vanished world and resuscitates the reputation of one who might well be England's greatest cricketer' Daily Mail 'An intelligent account' Literary Review