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At All Costs

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March 2005, no. 269

Game For Anything: Writings on cricket by Gideon Haigh

Black Inc., $32pb, 336pp, 1 86395 309 4

Book 2 Cover Small (400 x 600)

The Best Australian Sports Writing 2004 edited by Garrie Hutchinson

Black Inc., $24.95pb, 368pp, 1 86395 213 6

At All Costs

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March 2005, no. 269

Gideon Haigh likes cricket, literature and history, and his writings on cricket are accordingly shrewd, learned and illuminating. He writes particularly well of Jack Gregory and of George Headley. Gregory was the embodiment of the Anzac legend: tall, bronzed, blue-eyed, an artilleryman in the Great War. He played for an AIF eleven in England after the war, took dazzling close catches, demolished Cambridge University with ferocious fast bowling and went on to test match triumphs with Australia against Eng-land in the 1920s. Injuries that so often cut down bowlers of explosive pace curtailed his career. Headley, on the other hand, was a batsman in the early West Indian sides, a black man in teams of mixed race captained always by whites, representing a divided nation of particularist energies. Haigh writes with great understanding of the immense difficulty of maintaining form, as Headley did, in a team that always lost.

Rod Beecham reviews ‘Game For Anything: Writings on cricket’ by Gideon Haigh and ‘The Best Australian Sports Writing 2004’ edited by Garrie Hutchinson

Game For Anything: Writings on cricket

by Gideon Haigh

Black Inc., $32pb, 336pp, 1 86395 309 4

Book 2 Cover Small (400 x 600)

The Best Australian Sports Writing 2004

edited by Garrie Hutchinson

Black Inc., $24.95pb, 368pp, 1 86395 213 6

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