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Books by Stephen Fay

  • Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket

    Stephen Fay

    Product Code: BWJCH
    Paperback
    'Beautifully written, meticulously researched and stuffed with rich sporting and social history... Unputdownable' Mail on Sunday After the Second World War, as the BBC tightened its grip on the national consciousness, two of the most famous English voices were commentators on games of cricket. John Arlott and E.W. ('Jim') Swanton transformed the broadcasting of the nation's summer game into a national institution. Arlott and Swanton typified the contrasting aspects of post-war Britain. Because of their strong personalities and distinctive voices - Swanton's crisp and upper-class, Arlott's with its Hampshire burr - each had a loyal following. As England moved from a class-based to a more egalitarian society, nothing stayed the same - including professional cricket. Wise, lively and filled with rich social and sporting history, Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket shows how, as the game entered a new era, these two very different men battled to save the soul of the game.
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  • Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket

    Stephen Fay

    Product Code: BOJFY
    Hardback
    Cricket fans will love Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English cricket - a book by Stephan Fay and David Kynaston about the two BBC broadcasters who commentated for more than a quarter of a century following the Second World War: John Arlott and E.W. ('Jim') Swanton.

    Swanton was born into a middle-class family and privately educated; while Arlott was the son of a working-class council employee, educated at state schools until he left at the age of 16.

    Because of their strong personalities and distinctive voices - Swanton's crisp and upper-class, Arlott's with its Hampshire burr - each had a loyal following in the post-war years - and this book examines how they captured the spirit of the nation's favourite summer sport in their own special ways.
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