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STREETON, RICHARD - P.G.H. Fender - A Biography With a Foreword by John Arlott

Faber and Faber Ltd., London, 1981. Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling; 194pp., with 16pp. of monochrome plates. Minor wear; light offset to the endpapers; text block edge lightly toned with some spots and dusting. Dustwrapper rubbed with light edgewear and sunned al;ong the spine panel. Very good. Percy Fender was one of the legendary figures of cricketing history whose name conjures up the mystique, partial truths and rumours which surrounded the man throughout his career. He was one of the cleverest captains ever seen in the game and a ferocious hitter who held for many years the record for the fastest century. The myth that he was never chosen to lead England because he was a Jew or that he was not a University man were indeed myths. But Fender crossed swords with the Lord's hierarchy more than once and paid the penalty for unorthodox behaviour which today would pass unnoticed. He fraternized with his professionals in an era when this was not welcomed; he was always a rebel and was not above what could be termed gamesmanship, though always within the laws. His all round talents were as mercurial in his own way as those of Constantine; he played a large part in grooming Jardine for captaincy and was possibly involved in the bodyline issue more than is generally realised; above all Fender entertained the crowds who flocked to the Oval in the twenties to watch him manipulate Surrey's slender bowling strength on heartless wickets as much as they did to watch his teammates like Hobbs, Sandham and Strudwick.
AUD 27.50 [Appr.: EURO 17 US$ 19.06 | £UK 15.5 | JP¥ 2049] Booknumber: 90535

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