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Richard Boock
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Richard Boock

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Richard Boock, sports writer and biographer, has been a columnist with the Sunday Star-Times from 2007 until 2013, having previously been The New Zealand Herald's chief cricket writer for 10 years. He wrote Stephen Fleming’s autobiography, contributed to the internationally-acclaimed Ground Rules, and ghosted New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori’s Turning Point. More recently Boock wrote The Last Everyday Hero: The Bert Sutcliffe story, a biography of New Zealand’s post-war cricketing great, made even more poignant by the death of Rod Nye — the man who initially researched, and intended to write it. An award-winning journalist, Boock was voted the country’s best sports columnist for three consecutive years by the New Zealand Sports Journalism Association, and in 2009 was named the Qantas Sports Columnist of the Year. A former reporter for the Otago Daily Times, he was perfectly placed to write about Otago’s cricketing hero, having played for the same club in Dunedin which the Auckland-raised batsman regarded as his second home — the Northeast Valley CC.See www.boockmedia.co.nz. John McCrystal in The New Zealand Listener called the Sutcliffe biography ‘reverent and sweetly written’, with the Oamaru Mail said it was ‘a must-read for every cricketing fan’, and the Sunday Star Times praised it as ‘a fine, sensitively written story’. Christchurch’s Weekend Press described this ‘must read’ for cricket lovers as an ‘absorbing read’ in which Sutcliffe’s remarkable career was ‘portrayed in loving detail’. The Wanganui Chronicle lauded Boock as ‘New Zealand’s highly regarded cricket writer and commentator’ and congratulated him on ‘capturing Sutcliffe’s spirit’.

Books by Richard Boock

The Last Everyday Hero

Magical book about Bert Sutcliffe, the magical batsman who put New Zealand cricket on the map.

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