A Corner of a Foreign Field

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

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C. K. Nayudu and Sachin Tendulkar naturally figure in this book, but so too, in arresting and unexpected ways, do Mahatma Gandhi and Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The Indian careers of those great English cricketers, Lord Harris and D. R. Jardine, provide a window into the operations of Empire. The extraordinary life of India's first great slow bowler, Palwankar Baloo, introduces the reader to the still-unfinished struggle against caste discrimination. Later chapters explore the competition between Hindu and Muslim cricketers in colonial India and the extraordinary passions now provoked when India plays Pakistan.An important, pioneering work, essential for anyone interested in cricket and India, A Corner of a Foreign Field is also a beautifully written meditation on the ramifications of sport in society at large, and how sport can influence both social and political history.

' An original, scholarly and highly entertaining work by a writer who combines the skills of biographer, anthropologist, cricket journalist and political historian' David Gilmour, Spectator

'A fascinating social study, absorbingly told and with much charm' Independent

'Guha efortlessly blends political and social history with a chronology of the game and those who play it in a country, as he puts it, "where all things are turned upside down"' Time Out
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 33mm | 440g
  • Picador
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrated
  • Illustrated
  • 0330491172
  • 9780330491174
  • 488,051

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"An original, scholarly, and highly entertaining work by a writer who combines the skills of biographer, anthropologist, cricket journalist, and political historian." --"The Spectator "
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About Ramachandra Guha

Born in Dehradun in 1958, and educated in Delhi and Calcutta, Ramachandra Guha pursued an academic career for ten years before becoming a full-time writer and regular on the global lecture circuit. He is also an internationally-renowned cricket journalist, editor of The Picador Book of Cricket and author of the prize-winning A Corner of a Foreign Field: The Indian History of a British Sport. He lives in Bangalore.
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