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The Great Romantic: Cricket and  the golden age of Neville Cardus (Hardback)
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The Great Romantic: Cricket and the golden age of Neville Cardus (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages / Published: 25/07/2019
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One expert chronicler of the game pays tribute to another, as award-winning cricket scribe Duncan Hamilton tells the story of Neville Cardus, the inter-war commentator who made the sport sing. Written with Hamilton’s customary elegance and linguistic panache this is a fascinating biography of a largely forgotten figure.

'All lovers of cricket will enjoy this book.' - Michael Henderson, The Cricketer

Neville Cardus described how one majestic stroke-maker 'made music' and 'spread beauty' with his bat. Between two world wars, he became the laureate of cricket by doing the same with words.

In The Great Romantic, award-winning author Duncan Hamilton demonstrates how Cardus changed sports journalism for ever. While popularising cricket - while appealing, in Cardus' words to people who 'didn't know a leg-break from the pavilion cat at Lord's'- he became a star in his own right with exquisite phrase-making, disdain for statistics and a penchant for literary and musical allusions.

Among those who venerated Cardus were PG Wodehouse, John Arlott, Harold Pinter, JB Priestley and Don Bradman. However, behind the rhapsody in blue skies, green grass and colourful characters, this richly evocative biography finds that Cardus' mother was a prostitute, he never knew his father and he received negligible education. Infatuations with younger women ran parallel to a decidedly unromantic marriage. And, astonishingly, the supreme stylist's aversion to factual accuracy led to his reporting on matches he never attended.

Yet Cardus also belied his impoverished origins to prosper in a second class-conscious profession, becoming a music critic of international renown. The Great Romantic uncovers the dark enigma within a golden age.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781473661837
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 618 g
Dimensions: 243 x 162 x 36 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Ten years after Hamilton's fine biography of Harold Larwood, this is just as good, and as much sublime writing comes from his keyboard as from Cardus's pen.' - The Times

'No one before Cardus had remotely conceived of cricket’s literary qualities and… no one has matched him since... Where Hamilton really scores is in his candid treatment of Cardus.' - The Guardian

'Duncan Hamilton has written some of the best books about sport in recent years. Twice he has won the William Hill for the sports book of the year... He [Cardus] interpreted cricket through a filter of his own, an imagination of uncommon sensitivity, and all who came after are in his debt. All lovers of cricket will enjoy this book. You could say that Hamilton has done it again.' - Michael Henderson, The Cricketer 

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