A Corner of a Foreign Field
The Indian History of a British Sport
Ramachandra Guha
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A book that seamlessly interweaves biography with history, the lives of cricketers with wider processes of social change.
C. K. Nayudu and Sachin Tendulkar naturally figure in this book, but so too, in arresting and unexpected ways, do Mahatma Gandhi and Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The Indian careers of those great English cricketers, Lord Harris and D. R. Jardine, provide a window into the operations of Empire. The extraordinary life of India's first great slow bowler, Palwankar Baloo, introduces the reader to the still-unfinished struggle against caste discrimination. Later chapters explore the competition between Hindu and Muslim cricketers in colonial India and the extraordinary passions now provoked when India plays Pakistan.An important, pioneering work, essential for anyone interested in cricket and India, A Corner of a Foreign Field is also a beautifully written meditation on the ramifications of sport in society at large, and how sport can influence both social and political history. ' An original, scholarly and highly entertaining work by a writer who combines the skills of biographer, anthropologist, cricket journalist and political historian' David Gilmour, Spectator 'A fascinating social study, absorbingly told and with much charm' Independent 'Guha efortlessly blends political and social history with a chronology of the game and those who play it in a country, as he puts it, "where all things are turned upside down"' Time Out
ISBN 9780330491174Category Non-fictionSubcategory Sports & Leisure
Publisher Pan Macmillan UKImprint PicadorPublished 02/05/2003
Format 198 x 126Binding PaperbackPage extent 200
author note
Ramachandra Guha is an author and columnist based in Bangalore. Born in... »
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