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  • Published: 26 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742536606
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448
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Bradman's War




Bradman's War celebrates the talents of Ray Lindwall, Sid Barnes, Lindsay Hassett, Bill Johnston, Arthur Morris and, of course, their irrepressible captain, but wonders if the Don's single-minded tactics, even against the war-ravaged veterans of the country clubs, cost Test cricket the opportunity to be played for the love of the game. 

Shortlisted for the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Awards. The Australian and English Test cricketers who fought and survived together in WWII came home planning to resume the Ashes in a new spirit of friendship.

Australia's legendary captain had something else in mind. The 1948 'Invincibles' are the only Australian team to complete a tour of England undefeated.  In his compelling account, Malcolm Knox exposes the mixed feelings among the fans, commentators and players – from both teams – about the manner in which their feats were achieved.  At its heart was a rift between players who had experienced the horrors of active duty, epitomised by the fiery RAAF pilot Keith Miller, and those who had not, such as the invalided Bradman. Bradman's War celebrates the talents of Ray Lindwall, Sid Barnes, Lindsay Hassett, Bill Johnston, Arthur Morris and, of course, their irrepressible captain, but wonders if the Don's single-minded tactics, even against the war-ravaged veterans of the country clubs, cost Test cricket the opportunity to be played for the love of the game.  'The last word on a seminal chapter in Australian sporting history.'  Inside Sport 'An excellent work by an outstanding journalist.'  Courier-mail 'Poised and evocative.'  The Age

  • Published: 26 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742536606
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448
Categories:

About the author

Malcolm Knox

Malcolm Knox was born in 1966. He grew up in Sydney and studied in Sydney and Scotland, where his one-act play, POLEMARCHUS, was performed in St Andrews and Edinburgh. He has worked for the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD since 1994 and his journalism has been published in Australia, Britain, India and the West Indies.His first novel SUMMERLAND was published to great acclaim in the UK, US, Australia and Eurpope in 2000. In 2001 Malcolm was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian novelists. He lives in Sydney with his wife Wenona, son Callum and daughter Lilian. His most recent novel, A PRIVATE MAN, was critically acclaimed and was shortlisted for the Commomwealth Prize and the Tasmanian Premier’s Award.

Malcolm Knox is the former literary editor and award-winning cricket writer of the Sydney Morning Herald, where he broke the Norma Khouri story, for which he won one of his two Walkley Awards. His novels include A Private Man, winner of the Ned Kelly Award; The Life; and most recently The Wonder Lover. His many non-fiction titles include The Greatest: The Players, the Moments, the Matches 19932008; The Captains: The Story Behind Australia's Second Most Important Job; Boom: The Underground History of Australia, From Gold Rush to GFC, which won the 2013 Ashurst Business Literature Prize; and Bradman's War, shortlisted in the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Awards.

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Praise for Bradman's War

An important study of the game at a crucial moment, as well as a closely argued deconstruction of the icon who presided over that moment ... poised and evocative.

The Age

An entertaining and informative narrative that reassesses the legacy of Bradman in an effective and sensitive manner.

Canberra Times

Nothing short of a compelling read.

Ballarat Courier

... One of this country's best writers and keenest cricket minds ... The last word on a seminal chapter in Australian sporting history.

Inside Sport

Succeed[s] brilliantly, deepening and complicating a cherished Australian myth without dispelling it ... An absorbing read for those who like their cricket played in white rather than tree-frog green.

Weekend Australian

Knox has gone behind the headlines to launch a fast-paced and sometimes personal attack on a national hero ... Bradman's War is a book that will have cricket fans talking.

Herald Sun

This may well turn out to be the definitive work on the Invincibles.

Illawarra Mercury

An excellent work by an outstanding journalist.

Courier-Mail

Not just a cricket story, it looks at how the win-at-any-cost reputation began.

Geelong Advertiser

A meticulously researched and fascinating account of a magnificent team and its magnificent (if flawed) leader.

Townsville Bulletin

Those unfamiliar with the details, if they are lucky enough to read Mr Knox's book, will start with the best. Analytical, detailed and impeccably researched, Knox has produced a book of rare insight.

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Awards & recognition

Prime Minister's Literary Award

Shortlisted  •  2013  •  Non-Fiction

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