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Fire in Babylon How the West Indies Cricket Team Brought a People to its Feet by Simon Lister
  

Fire in Babylon How the West Indies Cricket Team Brought a People to its Feet

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Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2015.

Cricket had never been played like this. The West Indies had always had brilliant cricketers; it hadn't always had brilliant cricket teams. But in 1974, a man called Clive Lloyd began to lead a side which would at last throw off the shackles that had hindered the region for centuries. Told by the men who made it happen and the people who watched it unfold, Fire in Babylon is the definitive story of the greatest team that sport has known.

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Fire in Babylon How the West Indies Cricket Team Brought a People to its Feet by Simon Lister

Cricket had never been played like this. Cricket had never meant so much. The West Indies had always had brilliant cricketers; it hadn't always had brilliant cricket teams. But in 1974, a man called Clive Lloyd began to lead a side which would at last throw off the shackles that had hindered the region for centuries. Nowhere else had a game been so closely connected to a people's past and their future hopes; nowhere else did cricket liberate a people like it did in the Caribbean. For almost two decades, Clive Lloyd and then Vivian Richards led the batsmen and bowlers who changed the way cricket was played and changed the way a whole nation - which existed only on a cricket pitch - saw itself. With their pace like fire and their scorching batting, these sons of cane-cutters and fishermen brought pride to a people which had been stifled by 300 years of slavery, empire and colonialism. Their cricket roused the Caribbean and antagonised the game's traditionalists.


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'I doubt there will be a better book written about this period in West Indies cricket history' -- Clive Lloyd

'Outstanding... Lister's book works magnificently not just because he tells a great story with unfussy clarity and journalistic rigour but because - like the best sports books - it is not content to stick to sport.' -- Richard Whitehead The Times

'A perceptive and comprehensive account that more than cricket knows' -- Gideon Haigh

'Calm and fair, but with pace and bounce, the story of the most feared team cricket has ever seen' -- Matthew Engel

'As near definitive as you could want...expert and knowledgeable' -- Danny Kelly Observer

'The best cricket book since Beyond A Boundary by CLR James. I am completely intrigued by the fact that it is set in a historical and social context over an extended period and brings to the fore, so many of the thoughts I had as a young man in pre and post-independent Jamaica. It should be obligatory reading for every West Indian but especially those young aspiring West Indian cricketers' -- Pat Rousseau, former President, West Indies Cricket Board

'One of the best sports books I've read in years' -- Simon Kuper

'The chapter on fast bowling in Fire In Babylon is the best thing you'll read this year. If you read it. Please do read it.' -- Rob Smyth, Guardian/Daily Telegraph sportswriter

About the Author

Simon Lister is a cricket writer and senior BBC news producer. His first book, Supercat - the authorised biography of Clive Lloyd - was short-listed for the British Sports Book of the Year award. It was, said the Guardian, 'beautifully written'. He has been a contributor to the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack and has covered the county game for the Sunday Telegraph. For ten years, his magazine column, Eyewitness, appeared in The Wisden Cricketer and its successor The Cricketer.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Simon Lister

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Sport from the Armchair
Biography / Autobiography
All Shortlists and Winners


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9780224092227

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