We are running a series of guest posts on Must-read books on a topic. Our guest curator for this post is Shom, who blogs on sports at Spamsport. If you follow sport, you must check it out.
The Top 7
Beyond a Boundary – CLR James: THE cricket book. Is necessary reading, for everybody. You don’t have to be a cricket fan to appreciate this book. And who hasn’t read those immortal lines: ‘What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?’. Enough said. Buy it, borrow it, rent it…. read it. (Ed. : We recommend you rent it from Tender Leaves 🙂 )
A Corner of a Foreign Field (The Indian history of a British Sport)– Ramachandra Guha: As is this book. It makes one understand this great country of ours a little bit better. And of course, our cricket. As for me, it told me a bit about myself. This is really the ‘Beyond a Boundary’ of our times.
Pundits From Pakistan – Rahul Bhattacharya: Probably one of the best things to come out of the path-breaking tour of India to Pakistan in 2004. A memorable, memorable book of personal experiences, on a cross-country tour of Pakistan with the travelling Indian team.
A Lot of Hard Yakka – Simon Hughes / It Never Rains – Peter Roebuck : Are two not-so-very-different takes on the same theme, by two of the best cricket writers of our times. The life (or rather what used to be the life in the ‘80s) of a county cricket pro, comes to life in all its infinite colours. Read both, both are delightful reads.
The Essential Neville Cardus (ed: Rupert Hart-Davis): And how can you not have read the best writer on cricket? There never has been, and there never will be another Cardus. And this anthology is the quickest way to know why.
It Takes All Sorts – Peter Roebuck : I love these anthologies, and Roebuck is my favourite cricket writer. In this set of pen-pictures of cricketers, is he at his best. Especially recommended are the short articles on Dewald Pretorius, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Anil Kumble.
An Indian Cricket Century – Sujit Mukherjee: Sujit Mukherjee is the forgotten man of Indian Cricket writing. He should not have been. While Australia has its Fingleton and England has its Roebuck and Hughes, Mukherjee is the only Indian first-class cricketer turned first-class cricket writer that I know of. And he is first-class. Recommended. Strongly.
The Picador Book of Cricket (ed: Ramachandra Guha): My favourite cricket book, nay, my favourite sports book. Little articles, that capture cricket matches, players and moments around this delightful sport. The ideal book to carry around, and read a bit of in those 15 minutes of indolence in the middle of a tiring day.
Ed. : We are soon going to add the books from this list that we currently don’t have. In the meantime, you can check out our already significant collection on Cricket. Please feel free to let us know if you agree or disagree in the comments section below. Drop us a note if you would like to do a guest post on a topic of your choice.