The astonishing feats of Sir Jack Hobbs continue to resonate more than a century after he first played Test cricket. During his long career that stretched from the age of W.G. Grace to the era of Don Bradman, he scored more first-class runs and centuries than any player. Even today, he remains England's greatest run maker in Ashes Tests. He changed the art of batting with his elegant style, and transformed the status of professional cricketers through the strength of his personality.
Born into poverty, Hobbs rose to have a central role in some of Test cricket's most explosive series, but not without controversy and dispute. At last here is a comprehensive biography of Hobbs, giving us fresh insights into every aspect of his story.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS 2012 CRICKET BOOK OF THE YEAR.
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Leo McKinstry has written an intelligent, straightforward account of Hobbs, both as man and as cricketer - Literary Review
This learned and wide-ranging book skilfully recreates a vanished world and resuscitates the reputation of one who might well be England's greatest cricketer - Daily Mail
McKinstry captures the spirit of this thoroughly decent man, and also the spirit of the age where he dominated - Spectator
Magnificent... A tender and intriguing picture of the man - Mail on Sunday
It makes for excellent social history... McKinstry does an excellent job, recounting Hobb's exploits with impressive thoroughness - Sunday Times
Impressively researched... McKinstry does an excellent job recounting Hobbes' exploits - The Times
About the Author
Leo McKinstry, born in Belfast in 1962, writes regularly for the Daily Express, the Daily Mail and the Spectator. He has written nine books, including a life of Geoff Boycott, which was recently named one of the finest cricket books written in a Wisden poll. His biography of Jack and Bobby Charlton was a top-ten bestseller and won the Sports Book of the Year award, while his study of Lord Rosebery won Channel Four Political Book of the year. Most recently he has written a trilogy about the RAF in the Second World War.