The Commonwealth of Cricket: A Lifelong Love Affair with the Most Subtle and Sophisticated Game Known to Humankind (Hardback)Ramachandra Guha (author)
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In The Commonwealth of Cricket, distinguished historian and political commentator Ramachandra Guha charts his personal relationship with the game, as well as offering absorbing insights into colonial and post-colonial Indian history.
From one of India's finest writers, thinkers and commentators, a memoir of a love affair with cricket.
As a fan, player, writer, scholar, controversialist and administrator, Ramachandra Guha has spent a life with cricket.
In this book, Guha offers both a brilliantly charming memoir and a charter of the life of cricket in India.
He traces the game across every level at which it is played: school, college, club, state and country. He offers vivid portraits of local heroes, provincial icons and international stars.
Following the narrative of his life intertwined and in love with the sport, Guha captures the magic of bat and ball that has ensnared billions.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 550 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 31 mm
'Guha is a distinguished historian, biographer of Gandhi, a courageous political activist - and also an absolute cricket nut ... Watching a serious intellectual grapple with his own relationship with sport is always revealing ... [A] passionate, unique book ... Guha's totally in love, that's the thing - and it's the love that shines through on every page' - Ed Smith, Financial Times
PRAISE FOR RAMACHANDRA GUHA:
'This is far more than just a cricket book. It is an inspired approach to colonial and post-colonial Indian history, as seen in its relationship with what is now, unarguably, the country's national game ... ... But you learn a lot more than just that' - Guardian
'A vivid, absorbing read' - Sunday Times
'Magisterial ... Balanced and brilliantly readable ... In fact, this masterly assessment should serve for several generations, and for non-Indians as well' - Literary Review
'Guha effortlessly blends political and social history with a chronology of the game and those who play it' - Time Out
'An original, scholarly and highly entertaining work by a writer who combines the skills of biographer, anthropologist, cricket journalist and political historian'
- David Gilmour, Spectator
'A fascinating social study, absorbingly told and with much charm' - Independent
'Exceptional ... Cricket suits the rhythms of what Guha still sees as an agrarian culture ... In cricket alone, India competes as an equal ... Even in a corner of a foreign field, millions of eyes will watch every move.' - Independent
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