Bradman's War

Author(s): Malcolm Knox


The 1948 'Invincibles' - the only Australians to complete a tour of England undefeated - stormed the record books, even if Bradman's final innings left him forever stranded on a Test batting average of 99.94. In his absorbing account, Malcolm Knox exposes the mixed feelings among the fans, commentators and players - from both teams - about the manner in which their feats were achieved. At its heart was a rift between players who had experienced the horrors of active duty, epitomised by the fiery RAAF pilot Keith Miller, and those who had not, such as the invalided Bradman. Bradman's War celebrates the talents of Ray Lindwall, Sid Barnes, Lindsay Hassett, Bill Johnston, Arthur Morris and, of course, their irrepressible captain, but wonders if the Don's single-minded tactics, even against the war-ravaged veterans of the county clubs, cost Test cricket the opportunity to be played for the love of the game.


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Succeed[s] brilliantly, deepening and complicating a cherished Australian myth without dispelling it' – Weekend Australian 'Knox has gone behind the headlines to launch a fast-paced and sometimes personal attack on a national hero . . . Bradman's War is a book that will have cricket fans talking' – Herald Sun 'Poised and evocative' – The Age 'The last word on a seminal chapter in Australian sporting history' – Inside Sport

Malcolm Knox is the former literary editor and award-winning cricket writer of the Sydney Morning Herald (where he broke the Norma Khouri story, for which he won one of his two Walkley Awards). His novels include The Life and the Ned Kelly Award-winning A Private Man, and his many non-fiction titles include The Greatest: The players, the moments, the matches 1993–2008 and The Captains: The story behind Australia's second most important job.

General Fields

  • : 9780670077212
  • : Penguin Books Australia
  • : Viking Australia
  • : February 2013
  • : 230mm X 152mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Malcolm Knox
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 448