The astonishing feats of Sir Jack Hobbs continue to resonate more than a century after he first played Test cricket. During his long career that stretched from the age of W.G. Grace to the era of Don Bradman, he scored more first-class runs and centuries than any player. Even today, he remains England’s greatest run maker in Ashes Tests. He changed the art of batting with his elegant style, and transformed the status of professional cricketers through the strength of his personality.
Born into poverty, Hobbs rose to have a central role in some of Test cricket’s most explosive series, but not without controversy and dispute. At last here is a comprehensive biography of Hobbs, giving us fresh insights into every aspect of his story.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS 2012 CRICKET BOOK OF THE YEAR.
It makes for excellent social history... McKinstry does an excellent job, recounting Hobb's exploits with impressive thoroughness -- Simon Wilde * Sunday Times * Magnificent... A tender and intriguing picture of the man -- Michael Simkins * Mail on Sunday * McKinstry captures the spirit of this thoroughly decent man, and also the spirit of the age where he dominated -- Michael Henderson * Spectator * This learned and wide-ranging book skilfully recreates a vanished world and resuscitates the reputation of one who might well be England's greatest cricketer -- Marcus Berkman * Daily Mail * Leo McKinstry has written an intelligent, straightforward account of Hobbs, both as man and as cricketer -- Robert Cheshire * Literary Review *
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