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A Last English Summer

A Last English Summer
by Duncan Hamilton

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Pages : 367

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A Last English Summer was first published in 2010 while the paperback edition has recently been published.

According to the cricketing bible, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, this is the "book that achieves more than its ambitions. Hamilton, already the recipient of five prestigious book awards, can confidently expect more to follow for this lyrical, evocative but absolutely timely volume, a kind of travelogue through the English cricketing summer of 2009"

Duncan Fletcher has paid a rich tribute to his grandfather: "He is the undertow of the book, the strong current dragging me from spring into summer and on into autumn. The two gifts he left me profoundly moulded my own life. He gave me a love of cricket and of libraries."

Reviewing the book in The Times, the former England captain, Michael Atherton says Hamilton's mix of reportage, observation, history and anecdote never fails to hold the reader's interest. The quality of the writing, so evident in his previous work, shines again.

In a chapter, Postscript, the writer says about Michael Hussey - After his 121 in a losing cause against England at The Oval, Hussey scratched around for form and his place in the side was said to be in jeopardy. Those who had doubts about him - Shane Warne was critical of his batting - had to shed them after 134 not out which was the basis of Australia's win against the odds over Pakistan in the Second Test at Sydney. Hussey said Warne's verdict on him proved to be a spur.

The book has three separate chapters at the end - Statistics of Summer, Bibliography and Index.

Thoroughly researched and immensely readable, A Last English Summer deserves to be widely read.