Published May 2011
The astonishing feats of Sir Jack Hobbs continue to resonate more than a century after he first played Test cricket. During his long career, that stretched from the age of W.G. Grace to the era of Don Bradman, he scored more first-class runs and centuries than any other player. Even today, he remains England’s greatest run maker in Ashes Tests. He changed the art of batting with his elegant style, and transformed the status of professional cricketers through the strength of his personality.
Despite his significance in the game, there has never been a comprehensive biography of Hobbs. Now Leo McKinstry has remedied that. Based on a wealth of new material, including interviews with the Hobbs family, the book provides fresh insights into every aspect of his story, from his poverty-stricken upbringing in Cambridge to his central role in some of Test cricket’s most explosive series.
It is a tale full of controversy, such as the previously unknown row over his actions in the First World War, when he was accused of ‘scandalous behaviour’ by the cricket establishment, and his part in a bitter dispute over the England captaincy in the 1920s. With its colourful detail, historical context and readable style, this groundbreaking book is an important addition to sports literature.