We’ve read and reviewed all the best cricket books of the year – from biographies and cricket history books, to the most amazing books – and here we pick the ten best books we’ve read
We’ve read and reviewed all the best cricket books of the year – from biographies and cricket history books, to the most amazing books – and here we pick the ten best books we’ve read.
Surely no other sport can boast the quality of the written word that cricket can muster? Perhaps it is as a result of those long, foggy summer days that attract the best minds to produce cricket books at a faster rate than what Johnny Bairstow collects. So whether you are buying for your entertainment or looking for perfection cricket giftHere, you will find a selection of the best cricket books of the year.
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1. Beyond Borders: Travels in England Cricket by Scyld Berry
£22 RRP (Fairfield Books, 246pp)
One of the most trusted and beloved voices in the cricket press (and regular contributor to The Cricketer), Scyld Berry was a fixture on the England Tours from 1977 until he finally hung his bag in 2022. This book covers Berry’s visits to all nine England members. The main opponents in the play test; “A rich eclectic tapestry” talks about his romance with Australia, which is critical of life in India, and great affection for Zimbabwe and its stars in the past.
What did the cricketer say:Cricket, travel, history, Scyld Berry… these are some of my favorite things. Perhaps my favorite cricket writer, he excels on all three topics in this rich new book.‘- 4.5 stars
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2. Who Only Knows Cricket By David Woodhouse
£25 RRP (Fairfield Books, 447pp)
Speaking of tours, David Woodhouse’s engaging account of England’s turbulent tour of the West Indies in the early 1950s contains everything a storyteller could want: from spending Christmas in Bermuda to snatching a tie at death. As well as memories of some of the game’s greatest players, including Garry Sobers, Everton Weekes and Frank Worrell for hosts, and Len Hutton, Denis Compton and Jim Laker for tourists. Winner of Cricket Book of the Year at Sports Book Awards of the Year.
What did the cricketer say:It is one of the most well-studied and entertaining cricket books read by this reviewer who has been nothing short of liking every tale that has made it a true page-turner.‘- 4.5 stars
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3. Philip Brown’s Cricket Colors
£25 RRP (Pitch Publishing, 320pp)
Philip Brown has earned a reputation as one of the greatest documentary photographers in cricket, and this book is actually a fine collection of his photos from his career that began over 30 years ago. Needless to say, it showcases Brown’s important talent through an enormous body of work that takes Stokes to Ponting, from St Lucia to the Long Room, from Ashes to the Subcontinent, and everything in between.
What did the cricketer say:Philip is as close to being a genius as anyone I’ve worked with… He has a vision that others don’t. Its ability to capture light, movement and emotion is remarkable. His understanding of the game, his enthusiasm and his relationships with the heroes, seem to allow him a perspective deprived of others.‘- 4.5 stars
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4. Jeffrey being boycotted by Jeffrey Boycott and John Hutten
£25 RRP (Fairfield Books, 308pp)
The so-called “first and second account of 108 caps”, this book is the product of closing. Sitting on its four walls, Sir Geoffrey began writing memories from each of his 108 exams, which his co-author John Hutten eventually described as “retrospective notes”. The result is an account of every match with Boycott’s initial memories of roles, games and players expanded and honed a bit.
What did the cricketer say:It works as a combination of right/left hand: a straight tone, heavy with facts and first person at one end complemented by Hotten’s breezy present tense at the other end. A boycott, of course, takes a little more than a strike. Less naturally, he also plays more shots.– 4 stars
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5. Cricket in the First World War: Play! play john brum game
£25 RRP (Pen & Sword, 240pp)
This is John Broome’s seventh book on the two world wars of the 20th century, and this book follows on the heels of last year’s account of sports during World War II. Focusing on cricket and cricketers, this work covers in detail the participation of test players and lower levels = many of them killed or injured and neuropathic, traumatized for life.
What did the cricketer say:The book is smoothly written and well illustrated, and it wouldn’t be surprising if the research and general effort left the author somewhat grueling. Many stories stand out.– 4 stars
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6. The Promise of Summer Days by Paul Edwards
£22 RRP (Fairfield Books, 335pp)
Paul Edwards, as a regular contributor to this site and our print magazine, needs no introduction for readers of The Cricketer. This anthology of stories from his experiences watching English cricket over the past few summers is packed with the kind of detail that only a true lover of the game would notice, and with beautiful twists of phrases to be fair.
What did the cricketer say:Buy the book now, save it for the winter, rationalize your reading, and by the time you’re done, the quick moves are here again.– 4 stars
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7. Nature cricket by Graham Coster
£16.99 RRP (Safe Harbor Books, 144pp)
This little gem of a book is a message of love for nature and how it reacts to cricket. It is a tribute to a game in which it is a time of indulgence – something that gives players and spectators a chance to appreciate their natural surroundings – and a homage to what came before like the age of grass banks and glowing poplars still dedicated only to us. collective nostalgia.
What did the cricketer say:Coaster is endearingly vague about techniques and this broad-brush approach works well—you don’t have to (or want) to know all the science behind the different types of weeds you grow to appreciate.‘- 4.5 stars
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8. Might Bite: The Secret Life of a Gambling Addict by Patrick Foster with Will Macpherson
£14.99 RRP (Bloomsbury Sport, 256pp)
Sometimes the most compelling stories about the sport are those that barely touch the game itself, and that certainly applies to Patrick Foster’s memoir that mentions his secret life as a gambling addict. A promising cricketer in his youth, this is an unshakable record of how disruptive betting losses derailed the first part of his life and almost led to suicide.
What did the cricketer say:It’s a masterpiece for its sheer detail: Foster lists the bets placed on Hungarian handball, American horse racing, Ecuadorean junior football, Pakistan cricket, Australian rugby league, Sheffield Wednesday against Leeds, virtual horse racing and many more.– 4 stars
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9. It’s Always Summer Somewhere by Felix White
£9.99 RRP (Casell, 400pp)
Reflecting on the way cricket went his life, Felix White describes being a child as his mother battles a miserable battle against multiple sclerosis, then his growing interest in music to the point of becoming an award-winning recording artist. Amidst a rock star presence and a high-profile romance, White wonders how he can make more of a commitment to cricket than a real one who offers staunch sanctuary.
What did the cricketer say:Sometimes funny, often deep, White avoids self-pity and does not hide feelings with sarcastic jokes. But what elevates the book most is the extra mile it has gone to understand whether the ups and downs of cricketers reflect its peak.– 4 stars
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10. Harry Pearson’s First Wine of Summer
£20 RRP (Simon & Schuster, 336pp)
Translator George Hearst, Schofield High, Wilfrid Rhodes and Gentle Heart of Yorkshire CricketHarry Pearson’s book is aimed squarely at Venn’s broad outline for people interested in the history of cricket and those obsessed with Yorkshire County Cricket Club. It’s a study of a trio who played nearly 2,500 first-class matches, not far from 90,000 rounds and 9,000 wickets, as they weaved their careers together to give a fresh perspective on their legacy.
What did the cricketer say:A two-time winner of this year’s MCC/Cricket Society Award for Cricket Writers, Pearson has a proven light touch and there’s plenty of evidence of that here.– 4 stars
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11. Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 2022 Edited by Lawrence Booth
£57 RRP (Bloomsbury, 1536pp)
Let’s face it… No list of this year’s best correct cricket books would be complete without the Wisden Cricketers. The 2022 edition makes the reading somewhat grim, as it aggressively addresses the cultural issues of cricket (specializing in the Yorkshire racism scandal) and the malaise of the European Central Bank (citing greed, incompetence and the Ashes disaster). At least, the cover pictured Joe Root hitting, unlike last year’s touching photo of Stewart Broad wearing a face mask!
What did the cricketer say:For many, the arrival of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack is the unofficial start of summer, and the yellow cap symbolizes the sunny days ahead. But don’t expect flowers and smiles and everything is pink. Not this year.– 4 stars
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12. Why We Kneel, How We Rise by Michael Holding
£9.99 RRP (Simon & Schuster, 320pp)
Although Michael Holding’s exploration of how black people are so oppressed that they should take the knee was originally published in 2021, we used our editorial privilege to include it here, as follows: a) it was crowned first prize in the 2022 Sports Book Award; b) It was released in paperback this year; c) It’s an impressive piece of work, if you haven’t already read it, we highly recommend that you pick up a copy now.
What did the cricketer say:Why We Kneel, How We Rise by Michael Holding is the most important book I have ever read by an athlete. But calling it a sportsbook won’t do it remotely justice.” – 5 stars
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