Frith on Cricket is a broad collection of the best of David Frith’s writings on the game’s history, personalities and controversies. It draws from almost 40 years of description, investigation and comment on cricket’s great occasions, the upheavals and the colourful personalities who have made the headlines, as well as some of the lesser-knowns.
The range is wide, taking in the earliest contests right up to England’s victory over Australia in 2009; listening to a Test match through the night; tracking down legends such as Wilfred Rhodes and the long-lost Aboriginal fast bowler Eddie Gilbert; arguing with Don Bradman; visiting Madame Tussauds waxworks; training with the county champions; insights into the radio and television commentators; journeying to all the Test-playing countries and World Cups; firing off editorials condemning brutality and maladministration; watching women play at Lord’s for the first time; cricket memorabilia and auctions; on autograph-hunting; searching for cricket on film; investigating cricketers’ suicides; book reviews; the South Africa issue; some major obituaries; fun cricket; and even a little verse.
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David Frith is a phenomenon… At heart he is a generous, sometimes sentimental, critic and an engaging opinionated conversationalist; though woe betide any loose expression of liberal tendencies.
A 352-page opus from one of the most respected writers in the game, this book collects an array of the author’s best articles and provides a poignant snapshot of the personalities and events he has encountered throughout his career.
…an essential purchase for anyone interested in cricket, literature and cricket literature.
Cricket Web review, 23rd August 2010
It must be doubtful whether any other living person can match his depth of knowledge of the game. His numerous previous books have made a significant contribution to the game’s literature….This welcome anthology takes in extracts from most of his boo…
The scope is broad and the collection is comprehensive, and there is much for Yorkshire cricket lovers to enjoy… Touchingly, Frith declares that ‘to visit cricket’s senior citizens is to feel as John Mitford must have felt, in 1833 when he went to Ti…
David Frith’s latest book, Frith On Cricket, published by Great Northern, contains more gems than can be captured in a couple of paragraphs here but it’s uncanny to note his take on video technology — way back in 1983 in an article in the old Wis…