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4.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 5 4.67 (6 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Duncan Hamilton Narrator: Alex Jennings Publisher: Quercus Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN:
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Harold Larwood is an England cricketing legend. During the MCC's notorious 1932 - 3 Ashes tour of Australia, his 'Bodyline' bowling left Australia's batsmen bruised and battered, halved the batting average of the great Don Bradman - and gave England a 4 - 1 series victory.

But the diplomatic row that followed brought Anglo-Australian relations to the brink of collapse. Larwood was used as a scapegoat by the MCC, which demanded he apologise for bowling Bodyline. Arguing that he had simply obeyed the instructions of his captain, Douglas Jardine, Larwood refused. He never played for England again.

The Bodyline saga has been told before, but Larwood's story has not. Using materials provided by the fast bowler's family, Duncan Hamilton has created an intimate and compelling portrait of Larwood's life: from his mining village upbringing, through the trauma of 1932 - 3 and its bitter aftermath, to his emigration to Australia, where he and his family found happiness.

A moving recreation of the triumph, betrayal and redemption of a working-class hero, Harold Larwood will enthral not only cricket fans, but all those who relish biographical writing of the highest quality.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eve Draycott | 2/3/2013

    " More than a book of a life of a sportsman, a book on the difference between professionals and gentleman and a study of a dying breed, the Nottinghamshire coalmining cricketer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan Draycott | 12/5/2012

    " excellent story telling. Great on the difference between the pro and the gentlemen. Great on the headstrong but also loyal charactor traits of the Nottinghamshire miner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Willie Whelan | 8/28/2012

    " Brilliant book, not just an excellent sporting biography of one of the great cricketers but also a fantastic social history. The author brings Larwood, Voce, Carr, Jardine and their fellow players to life on the page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 6/5/2012

    " Up there with the very best of cricket books. A great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Drummond | 10/20/2010

    " Really enjoyed reading this book. Found out loads of things about Larwood and just how great he was. The Bodyline series plays a key part in the book but doesn't dominate. It's good to know that there was more to Larwood than just the 1932-33 series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 7/24/2010

    " Really enjoyed reading this book. Found out loads of things about Larwood and just how great he was. The Bodyline series plays a key part in the book but doesn't dominate. It's good to know that there was more to Larwood than just the 1932-33 series "

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About the Author
Duncan Hamilton is an award-winning sportswriter and author who has twice won the foremost sports writing prize in the UK (the William Hill) and been nominated an additional three times. He is the author of several books.
About the Narrator

Alex Jennings is an award-winning narrator and actor of stage and screen. He has won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been named a finalist for the 2015 Audie Award for Best Literary Fiction Narration. As an actor, he enjoyed a highly successful run at the Old Vic in Too Clever by Half, for which he won an Olivier Award, the Drama Magazine Award, and the Plays and Players Award for Actor of the Year. He has also won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Peer Gynt. Among his numerous television credits are Inspector Alleyn, Hard Times, and the lead role in Bad Blood.