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Stiff Upper Lips and Baggy Green Caps by Simon Briggs

Stiff Upper Lips and Baggy Green Caps

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This rip-roaring history of Ashes cricket is a must read for every cricket fan. A real antidote to the serious Wisden, Stiff Upper Lips and Baggy Green Caps will provide hours of entertainment not just while reading it but also using snippets from it to amaze and surprise your cricketing friends. Fans of cricket will be so much better informed having read it.

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Stiff Upper Lips and Baggy Green Caps by Simon Briggs

In September 1882, The Sporting Times published a mock obituary for English cricket, and a great sporting rivalry was born. Relations between England and Australia have never been the same since. Every other year, the two teams gather for the traditional frenzy of backbiting, finger-pointing and dubious facial hair. For a list of every Ashes century and five-wicket haul, try Wisden, but if you want to know which Australian captain punched his chairman of selectors on the nose, which England batsman was a martyr to syphilis and which great fast bowler reckoned the Queen had 'nice legs for an old Sheila', then Stiff Upper Lips and Baggy Green Caps is the book for you.

Stiff Upper Lips and Baggy Green Caps is a rip-roaring history of 124 years of Ashes cricket between England and Australia. It exposes the seamy side of Ashes cricket - the inside story behind controversies from the "Bodyline" series of 1932-33 to the Lillee and Thomson blitzkrieg of 1974-75. It profiles great players from W.G. Grace to K.P. Pietersen, and captures choice examples of the dark art of 'sledging'.

Embellished with some 75 black-and-white photographs, and incorporating more than 100 of the wittiest and most wounding Ashes quotations, Stiff Upper Lips and Baggy Green Caps is the perfect gift for cricket fans, whether English or Australian.


'Rollicking good fun'

. * Observer * 'An entertaining, timely and irreverent trip through the history of the Ashes
Sunday Times

. * Sunday Times * 'A history of the Ashes with more spice than you will find in a curry-house kitchen
Daily Telegraph

. * Daily Telegraph *

About the Author

Simon Briggs is cricket correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, which kindly allows him to make his living out of his hobbies – cricket and rock music. He grew up in Oxford, in a house full of academics, then studied history at Cambridge, but no-one has ever discovered which period.

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Publication date

6th June 2013


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Quercus Publishing Plc


368 pages


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