Inspired by Aravind Adiga's Selection Day, we've chosen a few of our favourite books featuring cricket. 

Fiction

Netherland

Netherland

By Joseph O'Neill

A novel set in the thriving but almost invisible world of New York cricket, in which immigrants from Asia and the West Indies play a beautiful, mystifying game on the city's most marginal parks.

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Murder Must Advertise

Murder Must Advertise

By Dorothy L. Sayers

The elegant, intelligent amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey is one of detective literature's most popular creations.

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Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man

Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man

By Siegfried Sassoon

George was born into a world of village cricket matches and fox-hunting, but his failing income and the onset of war threatens his way of life. A touching depiction of pre-First World War Britain.

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Psmith in the City

Psmith in the City

By P. G Wodehouse

When Psmith finds himself working in the City for the pompous Mr Bickersdyke, he makes it his mission to bring a little sweetness and light into the bank manager's life.

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Non-fiction 

Beyond a Boundary

Beyond a Boundary

By C. L. R James

C L R James was devoted to the game of cricket. In this classic summation of half a lifetime spent playing, watching and writing about the sport, he recounts the story of his overriding passion and tells us of the players whom he knew and loved, exploring the game's psychology and aesthetics, and the issues of class, race and politics that surround it.

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Coming Back to Me

Coming Back to Me

By Marcus Trescothick

A true-life sporting memoir of one of the best batsman in the game who stunned the cricket world when he prematurely ended his own England career.

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Following On

Following On

By Emma John

In 1993, while everyone else was learning Oasis lyrics and crushing on Kate Moss or Keanu, Emma John was obsessing over the England cricket team. Nearly a quarter of a century on, Emma John wants to know why she spent her teenage years defending such a bunch of no-hopers, so she seeks out her childhood heroes.

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