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An entertaining look at one of sport's greatest rivalries - the Ashes - by former England spin bowler Graeme Swann.

Graeme Swann leads us on a compelling adventure through one of world sport's most engrossing rivalries. He knows as much as anybody about the heat of England vs. Australia battles, having played in three series wins and also the whitewash defeat of 2013-14, when its intensity ended his international career. However, it brought out some of his best displays in Test cricket. But he is just one of dozens of colourful characters to have added their chapters to this great tome.

The mock obituary of English cricket in the Sporting Times of 1882 was the forerunner of summers and winters of heaven and hell, depending on which side of the divide you were situated on. When it comes to on-field relations, nothing quite compares to the over-my-dead-body feel of the Ashes.

From Grace to Sir Don, the most graceful of them all. From the foulest play to the fairest - contrast the 1932-33 Bodyline series affair to the image of Andrew Flintoff hunched over a distraught Brett Lee in 2005. From Ray Illingworth's famous walk-off in the '70s, when an England teammate was assaulted by a spectator, to Steve Waugh's hugely emotional lap of honour when he retired a quarter of a century later. Swann's book reveals the magic of a series that first gripped him in his front room in Northampton as an aspiring spin bowler in the mid-1980s.

©2017 Graeme Swann (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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He might be a slow bowler but he speaks fast !

It's a good book for cricket fans, spoilt or improved, depending on your point of view, by Swann's incessant attempt at impressions. He also reads this rather quickly which in some ways spoils the enjoyment and gives little time to digest the facts/tale/figures before he's jumped onto the next.