Summer's Crown: The Story of Cricket's County Championship (Hardback)
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Summer's Crown: The Story of Cricket's County Championship (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 24/03/2015
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The Cricket Writers' Club Book of the Year for 2015. Sponsored by the England and Wales Cricket Board, this lavishly produced 352-page book celebrates 125 years of cricket's county championship: from WG Grace facing the first ball in May 1890 to Joe Root leading out the triumphant Yorkshire team in September 2014 - and now reprinted to take the story up to the close of 2016. Stephen Chalke tells in entertaining style the story of English county cricket: bringing alive the great teams and players, the memorable matches and the bizarre episodes, the times of crisis and the fascinating social history that moulds it all. Arranged in double-page spreads, extensively illustrated with colour throughout, it is a book to fascinate and absorb all those who follow cricket in England.

Publisher: Fairfield Books
ISBN: 9780956851154
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 244 x 224 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
`A magnum opus with the lightest of touches. A visually wonderful book. Short on polemic and rich in celebration, it is a deeply humane history. To receive it is a little like being given a huge hamper at Christmas; one is still enjoying fine delicacies well past Twelfth Night.' - Cricinfo. `A superb book. A triumph. There cannot be another cricket author of recent vintage whose books have brought such deep pleasure.' - The Cricketer. `Anyone who loves county cricket should treat themselves to Summer's Crown, Stephen Chalke's wonderful 125th anniversary history of the championship. Its beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully presented pages will be a reminder of why this venerable institution has survived so long and, indeed, has regenerated itself on countless occasions.' - The Times. `I am, quite simply, lost in admiration! Summer's Crown is a really wonderful effort. My own favourite decade is still the 40s, and it is covered beautifully: the innocence, the sense of relief and reclamation, all the old anecdotes and a thousand others. It really is a terrific book.' - John Woodcock. `From Stephen Chalke's tiny but heroic Bath-based publishing house. Brilliantly researched, very well written and lovingly produced, it is a book filled with characters and laughter.' - Financial Times. `An absolute joy. A beautiful history of the county championship, so beautiful I bought it twice - once for me and once for my Dad. I hope it will be updated when Somerset eventually win the trophy, something I trust will happen before this extraordinary competition is abandoned once and for all.' - A reader in Somerset.

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“Summer's Crown: The Story of Cricket's County Championship ”

An excellent and informative history of the first 125 years of the County Championship. The book is well illustrated throughout. Each county is given a brief history and the championship is covered by separate... More

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“Perfect present for followers of County Cricket!”

Beautifully produced history of the County Championship which will appeal to anyone interested in the longer form of the game. Organised by decades and rich in statistics, but by no means a purely statistical record.... More

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