It's Not Cricket

Simon Rae
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ISBN 9780571215829 Format Paperback
Published 03/06/2002 Length 320 pages

About Book

An eye-opening survey of cricket, from the crowd violence and blatant match-rigging of the eighteenth century, down to the twentieth century's glaring abuses of the spirit of the game.

Written in the same lively style that won such praise for his W.G. Grace: A Life, Simon Rae's history of cheating will appeal to the cricket fan and general reader alike. Ranging from Thomas White, who notoriously arrived at the crease with a bat the size of the wicket, on through the Bodyline controversy and throwing, sledging, umpire baiting, and the recent disgrace of Hansie Cronje, It's Not Cricket makes us ask whether cricket really ever was the yardstick of all that is true, honest, pure and of good repute.

  • About Simon Rae

    Simon Rae’s award-winning W. G. Grace: A Life was hailed as ‘definitive’ on its publication in 1998. It was followed by  It’s Not Cricket: A History of Skulduggery, Sharp Practice and Downright Cheating in the Noble Game (2001). He has also edited a number of anthologies; presented Radio 4’s ‘Poetry Please!’ for five years, and wrote topical poems for the Guardian for ten years. He published two selections of Guardian poems, Soft Targets, with Willie Rushton, and Rapid Response, as well The Face of War, with Ronald Searle. He won the National Poetry Competition in 1998, and his collection Gift Horses (2006) was one of Craig Raine’s books of the year in the TLS. For many years he ran the UK’s smallest theatre company, Top Edge Productions, and now writes crime fiction for adults (Bodyline, The Pillbox Murders) and fantasy for younger readers (Keras, Medusa’s Butterfly). He has recently completed two years as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at St Hilda’s College, Oxford.  

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