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Wisden Cricketers of the year
Wisden on the Great War - The Lives of Cricket's Fallen 1914-1918
Edited by Andrew Renshaw

Published by
John Wisden & Co.,
An imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP

Website: www.wisden.com, www.bloomsbury.com

Public Relations Consultancy: Mark Harrison

Pages: 532

Price: Sterling Pounds Forty only

The book has been highly acclaimed in the UK, particularly with the centenary of the start of World War One.

Wisden on the Great War is an excellent publication, and, for the first time, lists all cricketers who lost their lives during the Great World War in one book with new information about the subjects' lives and deaths, their families and memorials, and ordered by the year of death.

The book also lists for the first time the 407 first-class cricketers who were decorated for gallantry, of whom 381 survived.

This publication is also a commentary on how each county was affected by wartime. Although finances were stretched, the county clubs remained in existence thanks both to members who continued to pay subscriptions and, ironically, to the cost savings of not having to stage any cricket.

The book informs us that second Lt. George Stranger was killed in April 1918, and his brother, Capt. Harry Stranger, died of wounds the next month, but their adjacent obituaries do not mention a third brother, Frank, who was killed in March - the three dying within seven weeks of each other.

John Wisden & Co. and Andrew Renshaw have done an outstanding job in bringing out Wisden on the Great War.

A quality production indeed! The book is worthy, reliable and informative. The volume is presented with care and attention to detail consistent with this publisher's high standards.