For backyard cricketers, aspiring national heroes — and everyone in between.

For millions of fans worldwide, cricket is the world. But how did this game that has too many rules and can take days to play, take hold in every corner of the globe? This is the updated history of the quirkiest sport on the planet. Any other sport is just not cricket!


Catherine Chambers was born in Adelaide and was shaken but not stirred by an earthquake that hit the city four hours later. She has lived in Nigeria, Portugal and England where similar disturbances have occurred. Catherine took a degree in African History and Swahili and then entered the world of publishing. She enjoys writing about history, cultures and religions, and reckons that sport can satisfy all three. She loves traveling, but never as much as the times when she and her family chugged across Europe in their old VW bus.


There is something here for every young cricket fan, and perhaps for the parent who wants to share the passion.

Aussie Reviews

Catherine Chambers has a wonderful way of blending the history of football with world history, giving readers a fully rounded context in which to view the game of soccer. Did you know that many early matches were more like mob brawls and that some leaders tried to ban them? A vast variety of information and a lively layout means this book presents readers with a treasure trove of spice and fun, including all that lies behind the game, its history and its fans.

Buzzwords Magazine

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