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Masterly Batting

Mathematical, with humanity

Nov 24, 2013: A collection of fine cricket writing on great cricket feats, and never mind the omissions

Alan Gardner

Saving the Test

A flag for the five-dayer

Nov 16, 2013: A new book presents a passionate case for protecting the game's premier format, and an acknowledgement that all solutions begin and end with having a more responsible ICC

Rob Steen

Review: A Handful of Confetti

Delightful, insightful and scandalous

Nov 9, 2013: David Green's tales of county cricket, which he played and then covered, are well-written and loads of fun

Paul Edwards

Review: Raw

An exorcism on paper

Nov 2, 2013: Martin Crowe's autobiography is an admirable, and brutal, effort at self-assessment

Andrew Alderson

At the Close of Play

Ponting's reckoning

Oct 31, 2013: The former Australia captain's biography is a doorstop that offers a detailed and honest account of his career

Daniel Brettig

Review: Lost in the Long Grass

From Sussex with love

Oct 26, 2013: With 24 chapters dedicated to various cricketing characters, former first-class stalwart John Barclay offers us a delightful read

Les Smith

Review: All in a Day's Cricket

Dyed in sepia

Oct 19, 2013: Controversy, romanticism, derring-do and idiosyncrasy - a recent anthology takes us on an evocative ride through cricket's past

Ashok Malik

Review: Underneath the Southern Cross

From golden to mortal

Oct 13, 2013: Mike Hussey's autobiography traces Australia's 2006-07 peak and the decline that followed with candour and insight

Daniel Brettig

Review: Driving Ambition

England's cultural architect

Oct 10, 2013: Andrew Strauss's autobiography is not a book to settle scores or rail at injustice. It's a comfortable read full of decency and discretion

David Hopps

Main Hoon Shahid Afridi

Masala goes Boom Boom

Sep 21, 2013: An unabashedly populist new potboiler uses cricket to offer a window into modern Pakistan

Ahmer Naqvi

Review: The Gloves are Off

A keeper remembers (sort of)

Sep 14, 2013: Matt Prior's up-and-down career makes for a readable story, but the juiciest bits are left out of his new book

Alan Gardner

Jacques Kallis and 12 other Great South African All-rounders

Celebrating South Africa's two-in-ones

Sep 10, 2013: A new book looks at a baker's dozen of the country's finest allrounders

Firdose Moonda

Triumph in Bombay

That subcontinental summer

Sep 7, 2013: A new book on the 2011 World Cup is strong on travelogue, if not as much on the cricket itself

Suresh Menon

Review: The Great Tamasha

India via its cricket

Aug 24, 2013: A new book by a foreign correspondent based in the country offers a wide range of voices, if not much in terms of fresh perspective

Osman Samiuddin

Review: A History of Cricket in 100 Objects

History for those who hate reading it

Aug 18, 2013: A charming collection of essays that bring out several interesting facts, prompting a reader to research deeper into the subject

Suresh Menon

Review: The Tebbit Test

An immigrant's absorbing memoir of the game

Aug 11, 2013: A passionate Pakistan-England fan engagingly explains how sporting allegiances are formed and how they evolve

Saad Shafqat

Review: Beyond All Boundaries

Three tales from Indian cricket

Aug 4, 2013: A new documentary attempts to capture the country's passion for the game, against the backdrop of the 2011 World Cup

Sharda Ugra

Review: Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy

The ugliness beneath cricket's skin

Jul 21, 2013: A clear-eyed, well-researched account of the ecosystem of gambling, betting, and "approaching" that operates alongside professional cricket

Sharda Ugra

Brian Lara

As told by the supporting cast

Jul 13, 2013: A retelling of the Brian Lara story, with anecdotes that add texture to the tale

Vaneisa Baksh

Cricket Cauldron

Notes from a Pakistani golden age

Jun 29, 2013: Shahryar Khan's memoir recalls the Inzamam-Woolmer heyday, and the nadir of the Oval, 2006

Tim Wigmore
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