WISDEN BOOK OF THE YEAR 2021

WISDEN BOOK OF THE YEAR 2021

“Pure joy.”

Wall Street Journal
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“This Is Cricket is a cricket/art book published in New York and one that requires quite a big coffee table to accommodate it. Inside are hundreds of photographs, some well-known classics, others fresh and unfamiliar. All delightfully portray a cricketing landscape that has temporarily gone missing.”

Vic Marks, The Guardian
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“A gorgeous new release from Rizzoli containing photographs of the game in panorama, from village greens in England to the Nehru Stadium in India and much besides. Make room for this one next to your Wisdens.”

The New Criterion
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“I have seen plenty of collections of cricket photography before. This is Cricket: In the Spirit of the Game was the first that pricked my eyes with tears…this glorious 368-page compendium, its spreads the size of a modest paving slab, was almost too rich, a feast of images that threatened to overwhelm the senses… Some are famous pictures you’ve ached to have a copy of – Botham with his cigar, Buttler running out Guptill. Many capture moments you’ll recognise, in ways you don’t; and plenty more are simply photographs from the cricketing landscape that you’ve never seen. All come screaming off the page… The book is irresistible – a tactile treat I keep coming back to, carefully turning its luxuriant pages for a glimpse of whites, a whiff of grass. I notice, with delight, how magnificent the book’s many women look; how, under the lens, their power and art achieve parity with their male peers. I find myself drawn to the crowd scenes, appreciating, for the first time, the marvel of the mass spectator experience, from Antigua to Pune to the MCG. Several times I gasped – at a broken-armed Paul Terry trying to dig out a Joel Garner yorker, for instance – or laughed out loud. And dammit, it felt good… Test and county grounds, village greens, the Oval Maidan, and more, bleed their green and pleasant land to the very edges of the page. And as I gaze at them, I am awash with gratitude. Not just to the photographers who took these pictures, or author Daniel Melamud for curating them in a way that can give me so many feels. But to the sport I love, simply for existing. The Wisden Book of the Year is This is Cricket. And nostalgics are going to love it.”

Emma John, Wisden
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“Featuring over three hundred jaw dropping images, expertly written text, and a foreword from the iconic English cricket commentator David Gower, This Is Cricket pays homage to the eternal elegance of cricket…it’s also the perfect entry for anyone who is just starting to take a shine to this classic sport.”

Scott Frederick, DeFy New York
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