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WG Grace: An Intimate Biography
by Robert Low
From his emergence as a teenage prodigy to well past his 50th year, W.G. dominated the game of cricket, taking 2,876 first-class wickets and scoring 54,896 first-class runs in a career lasting an incredible 43 years, from 1865 to 1908. His beard and massive frame made him instantly recognizable wherever he went, and his gamesmanship and wit were legendary. Using contempora ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by John Blake
(first published 1997)
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You have to be interested in cricket to get full value, and it is very interesting about the history of the game, how playing conditions evolved and the laws took shape. As a village cricketer I recognised the character of Grace, particularly when he was with Gloucestershire, best player, captain who insists on picking the team and making every decision. Arrogant and at times bad tempered, if he was in my team I think I would have gone and played for the neighbouring village. Written in chronolo ...more
Robert Low is a Scottish journalist and historical novelist, with novels based on the Viking Age. He was war correspondent in Vietnam and also several other locations, including Sarajevo, Romania and Kosovo, until "common-sense, age and the concerns of my wife and daughter prevailed". Now he writes novels full time. He's also a historical reenactor performing with the Scotland-based group, the Vik ...moreMore about Robert Low...