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From the William Hill Award-winning author of A Lot of Hard Yakka comes Cricket's Greatest Rivalry: A History of the Ashes in 12 Matches by Simon Hughes.

A fast-paced, distinctive history of the iconic, 137-year-old cricketing rivalry between England and Australia published in the year of back-to-back Ashes contests.

No other sport has a fixture like the Ashes. From the early 1880s the rivalry between these two great sporting nations has captured the public imagination and made sporting legends of its stars. Commentator, analyst and award-winning cricket historian Simon Hughes tells the story of the 12 seminal series that have become the stuff of sporting folklore. Cricket's Greatest Rivalry places you right at the heart of the action of each pivotal match, explaining the social context of the time, the atmosphere of the crowd and the background and temperaments of the players that battled in both baggy green and blue caps.

The book also includes complete statistics and records of all the Ashes fixtures and results and much more!

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our desktop site.

©2019 Simon Hughes (P)2019 Octopus Publishing Group

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Good listen, maybe not what I was looking for !

very good listen! however, I personally enjoy hearing about the tales, grudges and quirky stories from around the game ... this book heavily focuses on the actual cricket which took place ... probably more geared towards a cricket purist

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Great stories

Really enjoyed hearing about all the legends of the game that I knew so little about. I like Simon Hughes, and listen to his podcast / read The Cricketer, but I slightly struggled with the writing style - there were numerous clichés and the occasional cringe-worthy reference (strokeplay / foreplay being the worst!). I would also personally reduce the focus on the recent series - I can see why he did it, but perhaps the addition of a Smith vs Stokes 2019 concluding chapter can be used to streamline and frame the part post-Warne, bringing it all together as a narrative effectively and rounding off the new Bradman / redemption stories, while cutting back some of the post-2006 detail. Still really interesting though.

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  • 28-07-20

Dodgy accents and similes

I liked the idea and format of this - but the audio version doesn’t quite work. Simon Hughes’ imitated accents are poor parodies and really distract from the text. The smilies are similarly and summarily woeful: the sort of writing that could be found in a poor GCSE paper. Just write the facts. He also skips through almost the entirety of the 1980s and 1990s, which feels like an odd choice given the pre-war series he does pick. It’s OK but could have been a lot better with a stronger editor.

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  • 04-05-20

Superb

Excellently written and narrated. Provides an engrossing account of the story behind some of the key Ashes tests over the last 100 or more years. Some great insight and stories across all chapters, and an excellent PDF addition to the audible version.

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Really enjoyed this Ashes history

Listened to this history of the Ashes just as the 2019 series started. Funny, informative and well worth a listen.