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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 28/04/2011
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Beautifully nostalgic without being sentimental, A Last English Summer is an eloquent contemplation on the changing nature of cricket from the masterful pen of Duncan Hamilton. In this insightful and lyrical book, Hamilton reflects on the history, evolution and future of cricket, capturing the spirit and pleasures of the game like no one else can.

Combining reportage, anecdote, biography, history and personal recollection, A Last English Summer is an honest and passionate reflection on cricket's past, present and future.

In 2009 the county system looked directionless and obsolete; more than ever the players blessed with central contracts seemed apart from, rather than a part of, the domestic game; the home Ashes series was for the first time only available on pay-TV; and, of course, the juggernaut of Twenty20 threatened to flatten all but the Test form of the game, suggesting it may soon eclipse even that as well. Duncan Hamilton has preserved this seminal, convulsing season, which in years to come may be seen as a turning point in the history of cricket. In the process he embarks on a journey - often a deeply personal one - through the history and spirit of the game.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9780857381484
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 356 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'[Hamilton's] passion and knowledge shine through... a rich and nostalgic read' - Independent

'A Last English Summer is above all a beautiful, affectionate and timely reminder that cricket still is - and will be - about one thing most of all: pleasure.' - Spectator

'The quality of his writing, so evident in his previous works, shines again.' - Mike Atherton, The Times

'[A] book that achieves more than its ambitions. Hamilton, already the recipient of five prestigious book awards, can confidently expect more to follow for this lyrical, evocative but absolutely timely volume, a kind of travelogue through the English cricketing summer of 2009.' -  Wisden 

'It is a tribute to his skill that you are rapt even when he describes an under-19s match between teams you've never heard of. He can do this with games played last year... just as well as he can with matches played years ago.' - Daily Telegraph

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“Lords Prayer”

‘To describe yourself as a cricket purist nowadays’, says Duncan Hamilton, ‘risks derision. You’re dismissed as ultra-conservative, unprogressive and as fogeyish as a pocket watch and chain. I am that cricket purist’.... More

Hardback edition
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“TOP NOTCH.”

A fantastic read, hard to put the book down. Great insight into the thought's of a traditionalist cricket fan. Very well written.

Paperback edition
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“Lords Prayer”

‘To describe yourself as a cricket purist nowadays’, says Duncan Hamilton, ‘risks derision. You’re dismissed as ultra-conservative, unprogressive and as fogeyish as a pocket watch and chain. I am that cricket purist’.... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 38

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