Australia 55: A Journal of the MCC Tour

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Faber & Faber, Jun 19, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 304 pages
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Alan Ross (1922-2001) - distinguished poet, travel writer, and editor of London Magazine - also managed to excel in the role of cricket correspondent for the Observer, in which capacity he followed England/MCC on tours of Australia, South Africa and the West Indies. In the book-length accounts he published of these tours, his lifelong love of the game found glorious expression. Australia 55 offers Ross's perspectives on the battle for the Ashes, the visiting side led by Len Hutton, and Ross's own vivid first impressions of the host country.

'The massive fluctuations of the series - England, overwhelmed in Brisbane, won in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide to retain the Ashes - engaged [Ross's] interest; his fascination with Len Hutton, a 'lonely figure struck down by as many disasters as any overworked hero in Greek mythology', deepened...'
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Contents

Title Page Epigraph List of Illustrations INTRODUCTION
THE VOYAGE
REFLECTIONs ON THE SWAN RIVER
NOTEs IN THE NULLARBOR
ADELAIDE COLONEL LIGHTS VISION
MELBOURNE UNDER WATER
APPROACHES TO sYDNEY
NORTH TO BRISBANE
ROCKHAMPTON AND THE BARRIER REEF
PROSERPINE TO MAsCOT
THE sECOND TEsT MATCH
MELBOURNE AND THE THIRD TEST MATCH
NOTEs IN TAsMANIA
ADELAIDE AND THE FOURTH TEsT MATCH
sYDNEY DAY BY
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THE FIRsT TEsT MATCH

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Alan Ross (1922-2001) was a poet, writer, journalist, editor and publisher. In fact, he was a man of letters par excellence. Born in India, educated in England, he joined the Royal Navy in the Second World War and endured the Arctic convoys to Russia.

Alan Ross took over The London Magazine (the definite article was later dropped) from John Lehmann and revitalized it. There, it has been said, 'he simplified as well as unified contemporary culture by the clarity of his unique editorial taste. He also discovered many new talents.'
His writing embraced poetry, cricket journalism, biography, autobiography, criticism and travel writing. Many of his titles are to be reissued in Faber Finds.

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