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Jack Hobbs

Leo McKinstry


PUBLISHED: 3rd May 2012
ISBN: 9780224083300
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The astonishing feats of Sir Jack Hobbs continue to resonate more than a century after he first played Test cricket. He changed the art of batting with his elegant style, and transformed the status of professional cricketers through the strength of his personality.
Jack Hobbs
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PUBLISHED: 3rd May 2012
ISBN: 9780224083300
ANNOTATION:
The astonishing feats of Sir Jack Hobbs continue to resonate more than a century after he first played Test cricket. He changed the art of batting with his elegant style, and transformed the status of professional cricketers through the strength of his personality.

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The astonishing feats of Sir Jack Hobbs continue to resonate more than a century after he first played Test cricket. He changed the art of batting with his elegant style, and transformed the status of professional cricketers through the strength of his personality.

Publisher Description

The astonishing feats of Sir Jack Hobbs continue to resonate more than a century after he first played Test cricket. During his long career that stretched from the age of W.G. Grace to the era of Don Bradman, he scored more first-class runs and centuries than any player. Even today, he remains England's greatest run-maker in Ashes Tests. He changed the art of batting with his elegant style, and transformed the status of professional cricketers through the strength of his quiet, dignified personality.Despite his significance in the game, there has never been a comprehensive biography of Hobbs.Now Leo McKinstry, the acclaimed author of a best-selling life of Geoff Boycott, has remedied that.Based on a wealth of new material, including interviews with the Hobbs family, the book provides fresh insights into every aspect of his story, from his poverty-stricken upbringing in Cambridge to his central role in some of Test cricket's most explosive series. It is a tale full of controversy, such as the previously unknown row over his actions in the First World War, when he was accused of "scandalous behaviour" by the cricket establishment. Other dramatic episodes include a bitter dispute over the England captaincy in the 1920s, as well as and two occasions when he came close to death. With its colourful detail, historical context and readable style, this ground-breaking book is an important addition to sports literature.

Author Biography

Leo McKinstry, born in Belfast in 1962, writes regularly for the Daily Express, the Daily Mail and the Spectator. He has written nine books, including a life of Geoff Boycott, which was recently named one of the finest cricket books written in a Wisden poll. His biography of Jack and Bobby Charlton was a top-ten bestseller and won the Sports Book of the Year award, while his study of Lord Rosebery won Channel Four Political Book of the year. Most recently he has written a trilogy about the RAF in the Second World War.

Review

"Leo McKinstry has written an intelligent, straightforward account of Hobbs, both as man and as cricketer" -- Robert Cheshire Literary Review "This learned and wide-ranging book skilfully recreates a vanished world and resuscitates the reputation of one who might well be England's greatest cricketer" -- Marcus Berkman Daily Mail "McKinstry captures the spirit of this thoroughly decent man, and also the spirit of the age where he dominated" -- Michael Henderson Spectator "Magnificent... A tender and intriguing picture of the man" -- Michael Simkins Mail on Sunday "It makes for excellent social history... McKinstry does an excellent job, recounting Hobb's exploits with impressive thoroughness" -- Simon Wilde Sunday Times

Product Details

Author
Leo McKinstry
Year
2012
ISBN-10
0224083309
ISBN-13
9780224083300
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2012-05-03
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Media
Book
Illustrations
Illustrations, ports.
Language
English
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Pages
432