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

More Than A Game The Story of Cricket s Early Years The former Prime Minister examines the history of one of the great loves of his life Throughout John Major s life one of the constant factors has been his deep love of cricket In this sumptuously ill

  • Title: More Than A Game: The Story of Cricket's Early Years
  • Author: John Major
  • ISBN: 9780007183654
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Paperback
  • The former Prime Minister examines the history of one of the great loves of his life.Throughout John Major s life, one of the constant factors has been his deep love of cricket In this sumptuously illustrated book he delves deep into the game s history, tracing its development from its rustic beginnings to the international sport we know today Along the way he examines The former Prime Minister examines the history of one of the great loves of his life.Throughout John Major s life, one of the constant factors has been his deep love of cricket In this sumptuously illustrated book he delves deep into the game s history, tracing its development from its rustic beginnings to the international sport we know today Along the way he examines and at times demolishes many cherished myths Among the subjects to which he pays particular attention are the changing social role of cricket, developments in the rules, the emergence of the professional player, the game s spread throughout the British Empire and the part it has played in cementing international relations.John Major s history of cricket reflects not only his lifelong passion for the game, but the depth of his research among a wealth of hitherto neglected but fascinating sources It is a significant addition to the already rich literature of the greatest game of all.

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    • ^ says:

      A very, very well written book. I briefly played cricket at school, and despite the lackadaisical general complete absence of competition from other nearby girls’ schools, I thoroughly enjoyed playing the game. Since then I’ve been more into the social side of cricket. I lapped up “More Than A Game”, which is a very articulate and enjoyable history of English cricket from its early years up to the end of the Victorian era. Unsurprisingly, it just so happens that it also makes a perfect p [...]

    • Stephen Collins says:

      This wonderful book on the history of Cricket by PM who played

    • Bettie☯ says:

      The former Prime Minister describes early forms of the game of cricket.2.5*

    • Steve Mitchell says:

      For lovers of cricket this book is about as close to essential reading as you will get. An overview of how cricket developed in England up to the outbreak of the Great War covering all aspects of the game. John Major’s genuine enthusiasm comes across throughout the book so that it is almost as though he is recounting cricket matches that he has seen.There were a couple of things that I found annoying about this book though. The first is the political digs at his successor as prime minister and [...]

    • Stephen Dawson says:

      John Major shares his passion and enthusiasm for the game, and the results of what has clearly been some thorough research, questioning long-established truths, to bring us the story of cricket from its earliest beginnings to the First World War. Occasionally he gets bogged down in perhaps excessive detail about individuals, sometimes throwing in a section on someone because he couldn't work out where else to put it, but generally the narrative flows well. Because of the surfeit of information i [...]

    • John Grinstead says:

      An interesting read for the cricket enthusiast that provides something more of an insight into the early development of the game, up to the early Twentieth century. Some of the controversy of today pales into insignificance given the supposed gentlemanly standards that were prevalent at the time; very much one rule for the rich and influencial and another for the jobbing players. John Major clearly has a real enthusiasm for the subject - and in particular Surrey CCC - and belatedly bemoans his i [...]

    • Malcolm says:

      I doubt that I could be further away from Major's politics, but sport makes strange bed-fellows. This is an engaging, passionate, insider's history of cricket of the kind that makes the author seem not such a bad chap. He is quite unromantic about cricket's past, present, and future (a refreshing change), and more than happy to debunk myths (I would have liked a more critical assessment of W G Grace, but that is just my contempt for sacred cows). Most annoyingly, despite some myth-busting there [...]

    • Everhat says:

      This one of my all-time favorite books.Mr. Major's writing warm, engaging and so very easy to read. His love of the game and it's history and it's founding players is evident. If you are a Cricket fan this is a must read. If you are a sports fan, you will like this. If you enjoy good history books, you will enjoy this. If you enjoy good books you will enjoy this.The book is also an archive of sources for Cricket's history which only adds to the book's value and how much a fine work it is.Highly [...]

    • Andy says:

      Excellent

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