A Corner of a Foreign Field: The Indian History of a British Sport

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Picador, 2002 - History - 496 pages
Ramachandra Guha is one of the world's foremost historians and writers on cricket. Here he is offering three books to Picador. The first will be an Indian history of a British sport - cricket which will be written in his usual animated and highly informed way. The second book is a fascinating anthology of what people have said about Gandhi - from politicians, writers, artists. It will be very international and hugely enlightening. The third book is a definitive biography of Gandhi - Gandhi is regarded as one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century and Guha is the perfect biographer. Ramachandra Guha's book is an extraordinary work of non-fiction. Charting the social history of cricket in India he not only sheds light on the way a society works during a time of massive social and political transformation (the small but important social arguments that take place - for example, the staking out of territory in terms of public parks; the changes in position between the ruler and the ruled and within the limits of caste and class) but he also brilliantly traces the links between sport and politics. A Corner of a Foreign Field makes references to the 1936 Olympics and the cricket

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This is a brilliant history of cricket in India (and Pakistan), a superb book about why we play and watch sport, and an excellent introduction to the history of India itself. Read full review

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