Fire in Babylon: How the West Indies Cricket Team Brought a People to its Feet (Paperback)Simon Lister (author)
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.'
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.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 290 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm
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 *
A perceptive and comprehensive account that more than cricket knows -- Gideon Haigh
Calm and fair, but with pace and bounce, the story of the most feared team cricket has ever seen -- Matthew Engel
As near definitive as you could want...expert and knowledgeable -- Danny Kelly * Observer *
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