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W.G.'s Birthday Party
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On a hot morning in July 1898, the sporting world gathered at Lord's to celebrate the fiftieth birthday of WG Grace, the greatest cricketer the game has ever seen. Grace was cheered onto the field by a packed crowd as he captained the Gentlemen, the privileged old guard of the Establishment. Their opponents in this annual match were the Players, cricketers for whom the sport was a precarious livelihood rather than a summer pastime. This three-day encounter represented the climax of cricket's Golden Age, and the unstoppable arrival of the professional game that would dominate the twentieth century. In "WG's Birthday Party", David Kynaston tells the story of one of the most thrilling matches in cricketing history, as well as the colorful and sometimes tragically moving lives of the members of both teams. Using the Gentlemen vs Players contest as a lens through which to examine the hierarchy and tensions endemic in cricket at the beginning of the modern era, he presents a lively, moving, richly detailed and massively entertaining portrait of late-Victorian society. It is social history at its most compelling, from 'the most entertaining historian alive' ("Spectator").
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Out of print for the last decade, WG's Birthday Party will be reissued to coincide with the start of the 2010 cricket season - David Kynaston is the speaker at the annual Wisden dinner in April. The first in Kynaston's landmark series, Austerity Britain, was a Sunday Times bestseller in hardback and has now sold over 65,000 copies (BookScan). The second in the series, Famiy Britain, has already sold nearly 20,000 hardbacks (BookScan). Autserity Britain was named as the Sunday Times Book of the Decade in December 2009.

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David Kynaston was born in Aldershot in 1951. He has been a professional historian since 1973 and has written sixteen books, including The City of London (1994-2001), a widely acclaimed four-volume history. He is the author of Austerity Britain, 1945-51 and Family Britain 1951-57, the first two titles in a series of books covering the history of post-war Britain (1945-1979) under the collective title 'Tales of a New Jerusalem'. He is currently a visiting professor at Kingston University.

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'Few historians have the power to make you feel you actually inhabit the times they are writing about. Kynaston does' Sunday Times, Book of the Decade 'Kynaston's books ... feel like a breath of fresh air' Observer 'An absolute gem of a book' Guardian 'Kynaston writes brilliantly and readably' Independent on Sunday

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