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Bodyline has been the subject of video, a fairly forgettable mini-series, and more words than can be counted. Frith has a long standing reputation as one of the leading cricket writers in the world. He has written over 20 books, and has also edited and worked for many major newspapers and cricket magazines.
Precedents of intimidatory bowling from quicks such as Jack Gregory in the s, as well as more current examples from the West Indian attacks of the s, are used to balance the recitation of the events of that summer. Many other books on this topic have suffered greatly from the inherent biases of the writer.
Frith has managed to provide a balanced critique of the highly emotional subject, and is to be congratulated for it. He spends each summer living in Australia, before spending the next six months in England.
It is perhaps this shared background that allows him to take a subjective view of the Bodyline issue, whereas other writers have been blinded by their own singular nationalistic tendencies. The complex events of the series are reviewed and examined, and presented to the reader in a very comprehensive, but still highly readable, manner.
Frith has known and spoken with many of the central figures of the series, and was close friends with both Bradman and Larwood amongst others. This familiarity has given Frith a wonderful insight into the thoughts of the protagonists, and his portraits of the characters are fascinating and well developed.
One example of this can be seen in his presentation of the English captain Douglas Jardine. In Australia Jardine is generally thought of as a dour and ruthless bastard, whose win-at-all-costs attitude was simply too excessive. However, Frith has managed to write the definitive analysis of the series, and it should be part of all serious cricket lovers collections.
Very highly recommended, and one of my top 10 cricket books of all time. Leave a comment Cancel comment Comments are moderated, and will not appear until they have been approved Name. In the Best Interests of the Game.
Bodyline Autopsy Book Review: Definitive account of the infamous Bodyline Series
Australia boasted the most prolific batsman the game had ever seen: the young Don Bradman. He had to be stopped. The leg-side bouncer onslaught inflicted by Larwood and Bill Voce, with a ring of fieldsmen waiting for catches, caused an outrage that reverberated to the back of the stands and into the highest levels of government. Bodyline, as this infamous technique came to be known, was repugnant to the majority of cricket-lovers. It was also potentially lethal — one bowl fracturing the skull of Australian wicketkeeper Bert Oldfield — and the technique was outlawed in After the death of Don Bradman in , one of the most controversial events in cricketing history — the Bodyline technique - finally slid out of living memory. Over seventy years on, the Ashes series remains the most notorious in the history of Test cricket between Australia and England.
Bodyline Autopsy by David Frith
Bodyline has been the subject of video, a fairly forgettable mini-series, and more words than can be counted. Frith has a long standing reputation as one of the leading cricket writers in the world. He has written over 20 books, and has also edited and worked for many major newspapers and cricket magazines. Precedents of intimidatory bowling from quicks such as Jack Gregory in the s, as well as more current examples from the West Indian attacks of the s, are used to balance the recitation of the events of that summer.
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To understand Bodyline, you have first to realise that Don Bradman was the greatest batsman the game has ever seen. Even those of us who like nothing more than winding up our Aussie friends in the aftermath of another I really enjoyed this book, but I felt that outside of the descriptions of games there were too many names mentioned for too many different reasons. I'd come off the back of reading War and Peace so not shy of a Please sign in to write a review. If you have changed your email address then contact us and we will update your details.