How We Won the Ashes - and More; ENGLAND'S Ashes Winning Year Has Coincided with Yet Another Avalanche of Cricket-Related Literature. Gazette Sports Editor PHILIP TALLENTIRE Reviews Half a Dozen of the 2010's Best
Atherton's Ashes - How England Won The 2009 Ashes by Michael Atherton (publisher - Simon & Schuster, price pounds 18.99) FEW players have made the transition into the press box as smoothly as Mike Atherton.
The former England captain is a capable Sky commentator and excellent writer with The Times.
The no-frills Atherton's Ashes pretty much links together his newspaper columns into one digestable package.
Published soon after England defeated Australia at the Oval there's been no re-writing forecasts and predictions that were wide of the mark.
Not that there was much need to. Atherton's analysis was close to the mark throughout, though he did pretty much write off England after the fourth Test defeat at Leeds - who didn't? Anyway, much better a writer who tries to be right before the event and occasionally fails, than Atherton's fellow Sky mic man Sir Ian Botham, who specializes in being right after the event! Ashes To Ashes by Marcus Berkmann (Little, Brown/pounds 16.99) A CRICKET book not written by a current or former player is a rare thing these days. Ashes To Ashes, subtitled 35 Years Of Humiliation (And About 20 Minutes Of Ecstasy) Watching England v Australia, is also funny, again a rarity.
The title says it all. Berkmann relives all the Ashes series he has lived through, starting in1972 and going through to the 5-0 whitewash of 2006/07.
As he's quick to point out, he, like the rest of us, watched most of the games either live on TV or caught up with the action on those brief highlights packages that used to go out at ridiculous hours in the 1980s.
The end result is a lively, enjoyable romp through four decades of Ashes agony and, occasionally, ecstasy written from an England fans perspective.
Coming Back To Me by Marcus Trescothick (Harper Sport/pounds 7.99) EVEN now, almost three years after he was forced to leave the England set-up through the onset of depression, Marcus Trescothick is still sorely missed.
This paperback version of the Somerset opener's remarkably frank autobiography was published shortly before he recently suffered a relapse of the attacks that have ruined his international career and left him, on occasions, fearing for his long-term health.
Trescothick, on the face of it, simply can't cope with traveling abroad, especially without his family.
And while the condition dominates much of the book, it's not all doom and gloom.
His career up to spring 2006 was a remarkable series of highs with only the occasional set-back, and it's jauntily recalled by the player nicknamed Banger for his fondness of sausages.
Welcome To My World by Matthew Hoggard (Harper Sport/pounds 18. …