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The Final Innings

The Cricketers of Summer 1939

By (author) Christopher Sandford
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: The History Press Ltd, Stroud, United Kingdom
Published: 3rd Aug 2020
Dimensions: w 129mm h 198mm
ISBN-10: 075099469X
ISBN-13: 9780750994699
Barcode No: 9780750994699
Synopsis
THE declaration of war against Germany on 3 September 1939 brought an end to the second (and as yet, final) Golden Age of English cricket. Over 200 first-class English players signed up to fight in that first year; 52 never came back. In many ways, the summer of 1939 was the end of innocence. Using unpublished letters, diaries and memoirs, Christopher Sandford recreates that last summer, looking at men like George Macaulay, who took a wicket with his first ball in Test cricket but was struck down while serving with the RAF in 1940; Maurice Turnbull, the England all-rounder who fell during the Normandy landings; and Hedley Verity, who still holds cricketing records, but who died in the invasion of Sicily. Few English cricket teams began their first post-war season without holding memorial ceremonies for the men they had lost: The Final Innings pays homage not only to these men, but to the lost innocence, heroism and human endurance of the age.

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