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Fire in Babylon

by Simon Lister

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PUBLISHED: 19th May 2016
ISBN: 9780224092241
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WINNER OF THE CRICKET SOCIETY AND MCC BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2016 SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 'I doubt there will be a better book written about this period in West Indies cricket history.' Clive Lloyd Cricket had never been played like this.
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  • Paperback
    $26.79
PUBLISHED: 19th May 2016
ISBN: 9780224092241
ANNOTATION:
WINNER OF THE CRICKET SOCIETY AND MCC BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2016 SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 'I doubt there will be a better book written about this period in West Indies cricket history.' Clive Lloyd Cricket had never been played like this.

Annotation

WINNER OF THE CRICKET SOCIETY AND MCC BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2016

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD

'I doubt there will be a better book written about this period in West Indies cricket history.' Clive Lloyd

Cricket had never been played like this.

Publisher Description

WINNER OF THE CRICKET SOCIETY AND MCC BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2016

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD

'I doubt there will be a better book written about this period in West Indies cricket history.' Clive Lloyd

Cricket had never been played like this. Cricket had never meant so much.

The West Indies had always had brilliant cricketers; it hadn't always had brilliant cricket teams. But in 1974, a man called Clive Lloyd began to lead a side which would at last throw off the shackles that had hindered the region for centuries. Nowhere else had a game been so closely connected to a people's past and their future hopes; nowhere else did cricket liberate a people like it did in the Caribbean.

For almost two decades, Clive Lloyd and then Vivian Richards led the batsmen and bowlers who changed the way cricket was played and changed the way a whole nation - which existed only on a cricket pitch - saw itself.

With their pace like fire and their scorching batting, these sons of cane-cutters and fishermen brought pride to a people which had been stifled by 300 years of slavery, empire and colonialism. Their cricket roused the Caribbean and antagonised the game's traditionalists.

Told by the men who made it happen and the people who watched it unfold, Fire in Babylon is the definitive story of the greatest team that sport has known.

Author Biography

Simon Lister is a cricket writer and senior BBC news producer. His first book, Supercat - the authorised biography of Clive Lloyd - was short-listed for the British Sports Book of the Year award. It was, said the Guardian, 'beautifully written'. He has been a contributor to the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack and has covered the county game for the Sunday Telegraph. For ten years, his magazine column, Eyewitness, appeared in The Wisden Cricketer and its successor The Cricketer.

Review

As near definitive as you could want...expert and knowledgeable -- Danny Kelly Observer Calm and fair, but with pace and bounce, the story of the most feared team cricket has ever seen -- Matthew Engel A perceptive and comprehensive account that more than cricket knows -- Gideon Haigh Outstanding... Lister's book works magnificently not just because he tells a great story with unfussy clarity and journalistic rigour but because - like the best sports books - it is not content to stick to sport. -- Richard Whitehead The Times I doubt there will be a better book written about this period in West Indies cricket history -- Clive Lloyd

Prizes

Winner of Cricket Society and MMC Book of the Year Award 2016 (UK)
Short-listed for William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2015 (UK)
Short-listed for Cross Sports Book Awards - Cricket Book of the Year 2016 (UK)

Review Text

I doubt there will be a better book written about this period in West Indies cricket history

Promotional "Headline"

WINNER OF THE CRICKET SOCIETY AND MCC BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2016 Fire in Babylon tells the full extraordinary story of the West Indies cricket team that brought the world to its knees and a people to its feet Inspired by the Stevan Riley film.

Product Details

Author
Simon Lister
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Year
2016
ISBN-10
0224092243
ISBN-13
9780224092241
Format
Paperback
Subtitle
How the West Indies Cricket Team Brought a People to its Feet
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Media
Book
Publication Date
2016-05-19
Pages
368
Short Title
Fire in Babylon
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade