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More Than A Game: The Story of Cricket's Early Years - John Major

More Than A Game: The Story of Cricket's Early Years

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Pages: 400 (Paperback)

ISBN: 0007183658

Pub: Harper Perennial

Pub date: 2008-04-01

Amazon.co.uk Sales Rank: 107309

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5/5 stars

Great read (0/0 people found this helpful)

Former PM Major has turned to his other great love - cricket to write this interesting and highly informative history of the early years of the game. Any sports lover will enjoy this book which is written with real style and affection.

4/5 stars

Historical background to a great game (0/0 people found this helpful)

My interest in cricket has recently been revived by watching my son play. I was looking for something to fill in the gaps in my knowledge - the orgins of the game, the history of Lords, W G Grace etc. This book does exactly that taking the reader as far as the start of the Great War and is written with obvious enthusiasm and love for the game of cricket. It occasionally slows whilst trying to give a historical context to events but overall it was an enjoyable and informative read. Ideal to tide you over whilst waiting for the new season to start!

More Than a Game: The Story of Cricket's Early Years

5/5 stars

Thoroughly researched and an enjoyable read (0/0 people found this helpful)

John Major's love of cricket is well known and this weighty volume bears testament to it, along with his careful research and fine prose. Dealing with the development of cricket from its earliest days up to the early years of the C20th, Major tells the stories of key characters, places and events with an impressive depth of research but in a highly readable and entertaining way. Vivid word pictures of late C18th and C19th cricket are created and the colourful characters brought to life. Notable too is Major's ability to place cricket within the cultural, social and political context of the times. Highly recommended.

4/5 stars

Not quite as good as expected (0/0 people found this helpful)

The quality of the research and the insight and love of cricket are evident, you can almost hear for better or worse John speaking when reading it. I did enjoy the book but feel some sections were a bit of a slog. This is mainly due to the organisation and editing. The book is not a chronological history but instead discrete chapters e.g The Missionry.., Round Arm rebellion. I was struggling after to reconstruct in my mind when all events took place across the book. It also can lead to some jumping around. One paragrpah 1870 the next 1900 with no date reference. It just makes the big picture harder to picture and it can also seem like repetition.

4/5 stars

Surprisingly good (0/0 people found this helpful)

Anyone who read John Major's autobiography and found parts of it a little stodgy and hard going will be pleasantly surprised at the light touch he shows here.

He traces the early history of cricket, concentrating on the personalities, but also placing them into the wider context to show how social change in the country (and world) at large was reflected in cricket.

There are times when he seems to have half an eye on the assiduously pedantic cricket statistician and goes to great lengths to "show his workings" in order to back up what he is saying, but the book is shot through with a great sense of the author's enthusiasm.

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Books -> Subjects -> Sports, Hobbies & Games -> Cricket -> General AAS
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Books -> Subjects -> Sports, Hobbies & Games -> Reference -> History of Sports
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