Must-Read Books


Top 45
Top 45

How to distil over a century of cricket literature into half a bookshelf's worth? A recap of our series on recommended cricket literature

Speed read
Speed read

Frith's history of fast bowling is encyclopaedic, but also fittingly brisk and concise

The first word
The first word

Rosenwater's books lacks Bradman's input - maybe that's why it's the best of the biographies of the great man

The paradox of Sir Geoffrey
The paradox of Sir Geoffrey

Leo McKinstry provides a balanced, nuanced view of one of cricket's most complex characters

The old order yieldeth
The old order yieldeth

Marqusee places cricket's evolution in a historical perspective and reveals the inevitability of the changes the sport has gone through in recent times

Flawless and felicitous
Flawless and felicitous

Cardus may not have been the best cricket writer ever, but his autobiography certainly is the best-written cricket book of them all

Embracing the East
Embracing the East

Coward's book played a significant part in demystifying the subcontinent for Australian cricketers and cricket watchers

Uncovered
Uncovered

Gideon Haigh's biography of Iverson painstakingly unearths the story of a talented misfit

Player pages
Player pages

Reading David Foot's warm, conversational profiles of cricketers is like sharing in the camaraderie of a dressing room

Caribbean context
Caribbean context

A perceptive, prescient look at West Indies cricket and its decline

The anti-romantic movement
The anti-romantic movement

In an attempt to separate cricket reality from myth, Derek Birley ruthlessly questions, if not busts outright, many of the game's idyllic beliefs

Torrential eloquence, concealed sadness
Torrential eloquence, concealed sadness

In his writing Robertson-Glasgow always toiled for the right word and the arresting simile, evoking a world of grace and ease

Fun and games
Fun and games

Unlike far too many cricket writers, Johnson refuses to take the game too seriously - and thank goodness for that

Big pictures, artfully painted
Big pictures, artfully painted

Alan Ross is often classed as a cricket belletrist - with good reason. And this book is among his finest works

Plum postings
Plum postings

Wodehouse didn't write too much on the game, but what there is is an unalloyed delight

Cricket minus the cliches
Cricket minus the cliches

In this narrative of the 1996 World Cup, context means more than the final wicket

In the name of the father
In the name of the father

Arlott wasn't perfect and this book, by his son, readily admits so

Local colour
Local colour

Cardus' account of the 1936-37 Ashes tour gives rein to his desire to write about more than just the cricket

The whole story
The whole story

An admirable attempt to "tell the full history of the game"

The good doctor in full
The good doctor in full

Serious scholarship and unflagging zest make this biography one of cricket's best life stories