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Field of Shadows

Dan Waddell


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PUBLISHED: 21st May 2015
ISBN: 9780552169882
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That team was the Gentlemen of Worcestershire, an ill-matched group of mavericks, minor nobility, ex-county cricketers, rich businessmen and callow schoolboys - led by former Worcestershire CC skipper Major Maurice Jewell.
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  • Paperback
    $24.44
PUBLISHED: 21st May 2015
ISBN: 9780552169882
ANNOTATION:
That team was the Gentlemen of Worcestershire, an ill-matched group of mavericks, minor nobility, ex-county cricketers, rich businessmen and callow schoolboys - led by former Worcestershire CC skipper Major Maurice Jewell.

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That team was the Gentlemen of Worcestershire, an ill-matched group of mavericks, minor nobility, ex-county cricketers, rich businessmen and callow schoolboys - led by former Worcestershire CC skipper Major Maurice Jewell.

Publisher Description

Adolf Hitler despised cricket, considering it un-German and decadent. And Berlin in 1937 was not a time to be going against the Fuhrer's wishes. But hot on the heels of the 1936 Olympics, an enterprising cricket fanatic of enormous bravery, Felix Menzel, somehow persuaded his Nazi leaders to invite an English team to play his motley band of part-timers.

That team was the Gentlemen of Worcestershire, an ill-matched group of mavericks, minor nobility, ex-county cricketers, rich businessmen and callow schoolboys - led by former Worcestershire CC skipper Major Maurice Jewell. Ordered 'not to lose' by the MCC, Jewell and his men entered the 'Garden of Beasts' to play two unofficial Test matches against Germany.

Against a backdrop of repression, brutality and sporadic gunfire, the Gents battled searing August heat, matting pitches, the skill and cunning of Menzel, and opponents who didn't always adhere to the laws and spirit of the game. The tour culminated in a match at the very stadium which a year before had witnessed one of sport's greatest spectacles and a sinister public display of Nazi might.

Despite the shadow cast by the cataclysmic conflict that was shortly to engulf them, Dan Waddell's vivid and detailed account of the Gentlemen of Worcestershire's 1937 Berlin tour is a story of triumph- of civility over barbarity, of passion over indifference and hope over despair.

Author Biography

Dan Waddell is a journalist, novelist and author. He covered two seasons of county cricket for the Daily Telegraph and his books include Who Do You Think You Are? and Field of Shadows- The Remarkable True Story of the English Cricket Tour of Nazi Germany, 1937. He captains Acton 2nd XI in the Middlesex County League where he tries and fails to pass on sage advice to young players.

Review

"Eccentric and improbably entertaining" The Economist "Amusing, touching and chilling" -- Christopher Hirst The Independent "Cricket and Nazis! Can there be a more enticing combination of subjects to read about? A wonderful story... A story begging to be told" -- Marcus Berkmann Daily Mail

Product Details

Author
Dan Waddell
Year
2015
ISBN-10
0552169889
ISBN-13
9780552169882
Media
Book
Publication Date
2015-05-21
Pages
272
Publisher
Transworld Publishers Ltd
Subtitle
The English Cricket Tour of Nazi Germany 1937
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Format
Paperback