Bradman's Best Ashes Teams

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Penguin Random House Australia, Aug 1, 2012 - Fiction - 512 pages
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The world's greatest cricketer selects his all-time best Ashes teams...from the two great rivals Australia and England...from all eras...since Test cricket began...

Sir Donald Bradman saw all but a few of the 20th Century's greatest cricketers play the game. Apart from being cricket's most successful player and captain, Bradman built a reputation over five decades as the game's most knowledgeable and incisive selector. These factors, combined with his status as one of the legends of world cricket and his unparalleled understanding of cricketing history, put Bradman in a unique position to make the most informed judgment on the composition of the all-time best teams from the two great cricketing rival nations - Australia and England - who began the fight for the Ashes in 1877.

In BRADMAN'S BEST ASHES TEAMS, Sir Donald Bradman reveals his Dream Teams from both Ashes nations, selected from all Australian and England Test teams since the first Test was played 125 years ago.

In exclusive interviews and correspondence with his biographer, Roland Perry, Bradman shares his thoughts on the world's best cricketers, his greatest ever Ashes teams, and why he chose their illustrious members. A very special addition to this book is the inclusion of Bradman's selection of the Top Five batting and bowling performances he witnessed, plus his own assessment of his five best innings in Ashes Tests.

As well as Bradman's compelling revelations and thoughts on cricket's most celebrated exponents and the way the game has developed over the decades, this long-awaited book also contains engrossing portraits of his selections, who forever will be known as ... Bradman's Best Ashes Teams.

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About the author (2012)

Roland Perry has published 27 books in a range of genres including biography, politics, espionage, history (WW1 and WW2), sport and fiction.
He is the only author to write comprehensive books on the two main Fronts of the Great War 1914-1918---
MONASH: The Outsider Who a War---on the Western Front;
And THE AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE, which covered the complete story of the Eastern Front, including the factual exploits of T E Lawrence.

His other four war books are:


His 26th book, BILL THE BASTARD, the story of Australia's greatest war-horse, was published in November 2012 and was chosen as one of 50 top reads in 2013 in the national Get Reading! program. His 27th book-HORRIE---was published in November 2013 and like BILL, is already a national best-seller.

Perry's 28th book, QUEEN VICTORIA'S SECRET will be published in October this year.
Perry has written biographies on US KGB agent, Michael Whitney Straight (LAST OF THE COLD WAR SPIES), British espionage agent Victor Rothschild (THE FIFTH MAN), and for relief, actor Mel Gibson. Perry's political books include HIDDEN POWER---the Programming of the President, about the election and Presidency of Ronald Reagan. Perry's works on sport include the number one bestseller and definitive work on Sir Donald Bradman, THE DON, and most recently, The Changi Brownlow (sport and war). This was short-listed for the Australian Booksellers Industry Award for non-fiction (2010).
His other biographies have covered a variety of characters, including General Sir John Monash (MONASH), Wilfred Burchett (THE EXILE), Keith Miller (MILLER'S LUCK), Peter Chitty (CHANGI BROWNLOW) and Shane Warne (BOLD WARNIE).
Perry began his writing career as a journalist on The Age Melbourne from 1969 to 1973. After five years in England making documentary films, he had his first book, a novel---PROGRAM FOR A PUPPET---published in 1979. It was an international best-seller that was translated into eight languages. Educated at Scotch College Melbourne, Perry has an Economics degree from Monash University (1972). His awards include: the Frederick Blackham Exhibition Prize in Journalism at Melbourne University (1969); the 2004 Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Award for non-fiction with Monash: the outsider who won a war; and Cricket Biography of the Year [2006] from the UK Cricket Society for Miller's Luck, a biography of all-rounder, Keith Miller. (The UK Daily Mail judged this as 'Sports book of the year' in 2006.) In October 2011 Perry was made a Fellow of Monash University. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia 'for service to literature as an author' in June 2011. He was a member of the National Archives of Australia's Advisory Council 2006-2012. He is a member of the General Sir John Monash Foundation, the KK Club, a director of The Spirit of Australia Foundation, and a coterie member of the Murrumbeena Football Club. Monash University bestowed a Professorship on Roland Perry in October 2012 and he is the University's first Writer-in-Residence, lecturing PhDs and PhD aspirants on all aspects of writing, and Australian history.

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