A Corner of a Foreign Field: The Indian History of a British Sport

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Picador, 2002 - History - 496 pages
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Ramachandra Guha is one of the world's foremost historians and writers on cricket. Here he is offering three books to Picador. The first will be an Indian history of a British sport - cricket which will be written in his usual animated and highly informed way. The second book is a fascinating anthology of what people have said about Gandhi - from politicians, writers, artists. It will be very international and hugely enlightening. The third book is a definitive biography of Gandhi - Gandhi is regarded as one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century and Guha is the perfect biographer. Ramachandra Guha's book is an extraordinary work of non-fiction. Charting the social history of cricket in India he not only sheds light on the way a society works during a time of massive social and political transformation (the small but important social arguments that take place - for example, the staking out of territory in terms of public parks; the changes in position between the ruler and the ruled and within the limits of caste and class) but he also brilliantly traces the links between sport and politics. A Corner of a Foreign Field makes references to the 1936 Olympics and the cricket

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This is a brilliant history of cricket in India (and Pakistan), a superb book about why we play and watch sport, and an excellent introduction to the history of India itself. Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Ramachandra Guha is one of the leading historians of modern India. His books include "Environmentalism: A Global History" and "India after Gandhi.

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