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More Than A Game

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The former Prime Minister examines the early history of one of the great loves of his life in a book that sheds new light on the summer game's social origins. All his life John Major has loved cricket. In 'More Than a Game' he examines it from its origins up to the coming of the First World War. Along the way he considers the crucial role of the wealthy patrons who gambled huge sums on early matches; the truth behind the legends that have grown up around the famous Hambledon Club; changes in rules and techniques, including the transition from underarm to overarm bowling; the long-standing, but often blurred, distinction between 'gentlemen' and 'players'; the coming of the MCC and its role as the supreme arbiter of the game; the spread of cricket throughout the British Empire; and the emergence of the county game and international competition.

It is a story rich in anecdote and colourful characters. Many of the great names from the 'Golden Age' of cricket - C.B. Fry, Ranjitsinhji, 'Demon' Spofforth and of course the towering figure of W.G. Grace - are still well-known today. But long before then the game already had its stars: men like the Kentish innkeeper's son 'Lumpy' Stevens, who played at the highest level until he was nearly sixty; 'Silver Billy' Beldham, who was taught how to play by a gingerbread baker; the notoriously avaricious and ill-tempered Lord Frederic Beauclerk, a direct descendant of Charles II and Nell Gwynne; and the mighty 'Lion of Kent' Alfred Mynn.

The jacket is very good, with only small light creasing to spine ends and corners.
The book is in fine condition, and is signed, with a birthday dedication, by the author on the title page. A separate birthday dedication is written by another person on the front free end paper. Pages are clean and bright and there are three sections of photograph illustrations. The book will delight cricket lovers.

Item details

Added value:
Dedicated and signed by the author.
Author(s):
John Major
Condition:
Fine
Dimensions:
16 x 24 cms
Edition:
2007
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
000718364X
ISBN-13:
9780007183647
Number of pages:
433
Publisher:
HarperPress
Title:
More Than A Game

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The former Prime Minister examines the early history of one of the great loves of his life in a book that sheds new light on the summer game's social origins. All his life John Major has loved cricket. In 'More Than a Game' he examines it from its origins up to the coming of the First World War. Along the way he considers the crucial role of the wealthy patrons who gambled huge sums on early matches; the truth behind the legends that have grown up around the famous Hambledon Club; changes in rules and techniques, including the transition from underarm to overarm bowling; the long-standing, but often blurred, distinction between 'gentlemen' and 'players'; the coming of the MCC and its role as the supreme arbiter of the game; the spread of cricket throughout the British Empire; and the emergence of the county game and international competition.

It is a story rich in anecdote and colourful characters. Many of the great names from the 'Golden Age' of cricket - C.B. Fry, Ranjitsinhji, 'Demon' Spofforth and of course the towering figure of W.G. Grace - are still well-known today. But long before then the game already had its stars: men like the Kentish innkeeper's son 'Lumpy' Stevens, who played at the highest level until he was nearly sixty; 'Silver Billy' Beldham, who was taught how to play by a gingerbread baker; the notoriously avaricious and ill-tempered Lord Frederic Beauclerk, a direct descendant of Charles II and Nell Gwynne; and the mighty 'Lion of Kent' Alfred Mynn.

The jacket is very good, with only small light creasing to spine ends and corners.
The book is in fine condition, and is signed, with a birthday dedication, by the author on the title page. A separate birthday dedication is written by another person on the front free end paper. Pages are clean and bright and there are three sections of photograph illustrations. The book will delight cricket lovers.

Added value:
Dedicated and signed by the author.
Author(s):
John Major
Condition:
Fine
Dimensions:
16 x 24 cms
Edition:
2007
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
000718364X
ISBN-13:
9780007183647
Number of pages:
433
Publisher:
HarperPress
Title:
More Than A Game

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