Review


Blazers, brawls, and tunnels under Lord's - an MCC soap opera
Blazers, brawls, and tunnels under Lord's - an MCC soap opera

A new book reveals that the history of the revered ground contains plenty of prejudice and politicking

The summer when apartheid set English cricket aflame
The summer when apartheid set English cricket aflame

A look back to 50 years ago, and the protests against South Africa's tour of England

The legendary Mumbai mentor who made a mark on the careers of Rohit Sharma, Dravid, Gavaskar and others
The legendary Mumbai mentor who made a mark on the careers of Rohit Sharma, Dravid, Gavaskar and others

Vasoo Paranjape was a one-man operation of scouting, captaincy and coaching, whose influence spans cricket generations

Breaking boundaries in the women's game
Breaking boundaries in the women's game

The ICC's documentary on the 2020 women's T20 World Cup goes for glory, but leaves out some of the story

Remember the 'cursed' West Indies rebels who toured South Africa in the '80s?
Remember the 'cursed' West Indies rebels who toured South Africa in the '80s?

A new book sheds light on the lives of the 20 cricketers and the aftermath of their historic decision to play for apartheid pay

Farewell to a chronicler of cricket's lesser-known tales
Farewell to a chronicler of cricket's lesser-known tales

The story of Fairfield Books, the cricket publishing house that was Stephen Chalke's labour of love

How T20 has recalibrated cricket
How T20 has recalibrated cricket

A new book explores how the format has influenced the sport and the lives of those who play it

The good, bad and thorny of Indian cricket
The good, bad and thorny of Indian cricket

The seventh edition of the Wisden India Almanack turns the spotlight on the big issues, and more besides

Insights and judgement from the mildest man in cricket
Insights and judgement from the mildest man in cricket

Vic Marks' gentleness belies the incisiveness of his observations on the game. His autobiography is an inside look at the fiery Somerset dressing room of the late '70s, and more besides

Experiencing the pain of Zimbabwe cricket through Tatenda Taibu's eyes
Experiencing the pain of Zimbabwe cricket through Tatenda Taibu's eyes

The former Zimbabwe captain writes about his eventful life in the game, and in a country marred by strife of all kinds

Cricket in the age of Empire
Cricket in the age of Empire

History, geography, princes and politics meet in Prashant Kidambi's book on the first Indian team's tour to Britain

A tale of match-fixing, told by a cop
A tale of match-fixing, told by a cop

A new novel looks at nefarious doings in the women's game in Pakistan

England under the hammer
England under the hammer

A new film about the No. 1 Test side of the early 2010s looks at what pressure does to a team

The mind behind the machine
The mind behind the machine

There's much wisdom and insight in this book by Paddy Upton, the former India mental conditioning coach, even if it occasionally overreaches

The many lives of Fred Rumsey
The many lives of Fred Rumsey

He was instrumental in the formation of the PCA, and did much else for cricket and cricketers besides, in a life lived well

It's always sunny in Lala land
It's always sunny in Lala land

Game Changer is a madcap, chaotic and often fact-free ride through the mind of Pakistan's most enigmatic allrounder

This year's Almanack may leave you feeling disgruntled and bitter
This year's Almanack may leave you feeling disgruntled and bitter

It covers Sandpapergate, The Hundred, cricket's role in environmental degradation, but does it pay enough obeisance to Virat Kohli?

Getting at the wretched truth
Getting at the wretched truth

Two books approach the Newlands scandal and Australian cricket's darkest hours in different but equally damning ways

The beauty and turmoil of VVS Laxman
The beauty and turmoil of VVS Laxman

Laxman's autobiography does not - among other things - shy from revealing the agonies he went through off the field

Good golly, Bill Lawry
Good golly, Bill Lawry

Tributes, trials and a passion for pigeons - it's all happening in this book on one of cricket's most iconic voices