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Wisden 1870 edition – available free on Google Play

July 4, 2013
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Wisden 1870 edition – available free on Google Play

Ask any cricket follower about the most important book in the game, and it is a fair chance that their answer will be “Wisden.” Started by John Wisden in 1863, the Wisden Cricketer’s Almanack has been an annual publication that covers cricket played in different lands, provides opinions on key issues affecting the game and…

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A cricket classic – for about one-fifth of its paperback price!

June 22, 2013
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A cricket classic – for about one-fifth of its paperback price!

When it comes to classic cricket books, Wisden Cricketer’s compilation titled “Flying Stumps and Metal Bats” would come near the top of most cricket followers’ lists. A collection of some of the most memorable incidents in the history of the game, reported from the perspectives of its participants and observers, the title is considered one…

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Book Review: Vintage Wine, Plastic Bottle, Crazy Price!

June 21, 2013
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Book Review: Vintage Wine, Plastic Bottle, Crazy Price!

More than thirty years ago, English cricketer Peter Walker penned one of cricket’s most memorable books, called Cricket Conversations. As the name indicates, it was a collection of conversations between Walker and a dozen or so cricketers, including legends like Garry Sobers and Bishen Singh Bedi. The book – a slim volume – is still…

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The BookWag List 11: 10 Books to Buy/Beg/Borrow and Read This Week

May 31, 2013
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The BookWag List 11: 10 Books to Buy/Beg/Borrow and Read This Week

As we head into the weekend, here is our list of ten books that are worth getting your reading teeth into. They will remain stuck there for a while, we promise. As usual, our selection goes across genres and focuses on entertaining reading rather than the educational (we really believe we had an overdose of…

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The BookWag List 10: 10 Books to Buy/Beg/Borrow and Read This Week

May 24, 2013
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The BookWag List 10: 10 Books to Buy/Beg/Borrow and Read This Week

As we head into the weekend, here is our selection of some super reading that will see you not just through the weekend, but the days that follow as well. The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl Dan Brown’s Inferno might be setting sales records, but if you ask us for our favourite mystery around Dante’s…

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Book review: The business of betting on cricket

May 18, 2013
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Book review: The business of betting on cricket

If you think that Ed Hawkins Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy is a sensational revelation on the seamy world of fixing matches, full of thrills spills and chills (and other ills), we must warn you – it is not exactly what. For, Hawkins is not your run of the mill muckraking journalist. If anything, the man…

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Six Books on Corruption, Fixing in Cricket

May 16, 2013
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Six Books on Corruption, Fixing in Cricket

The cricket world is abuzz with the spot fixing scandal that has hit the IPL. Puzzled by what is happening? Want to get some background on how the Gentleman’s Game has been sullied by those seeking to make a fast buck? Then go right ahead and read these six titles on the darker side of…

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The BookWag List 5: 10 Books to Buy/Beg/Borrow and Read This Week

March 29, 2013
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MJ Main

1. India After Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha Perhaps the best book to have ever been written about independent India, India After Gandhi makes for compelling reading for anyone interested about the country. Rather than going overboard with statistics and cultural and social observations, Ramchandra Guha has taken a more anecdotal view while retelling history. The result…

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Book Review: Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright…

March 20, 2013
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Tiger Pataudi

We must confess we were a bit apprehensive when we heard about the launch of a collection of essays on Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi. After all, essay collections on legends who have recently departed for their heavenly abode can be tricky affairs. People tend to praise the subject unabashedly, generating something that is more hagiographic…

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5 Books To Read on Shane Warne

March 13, 2013
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Main

He has been arguably the greatest leg spin bowler in cricket history. And also one of the game’s most controversial characters. He has bowled the ball of the century, revived the art of spin bowling  and set cricket records galore. He has been caught cheating on his wife, taking banned drugs and also consorting with…

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