BILL LAWRY

Inside Sport - - Know More - – James Smith

CHAS­ING A CEN­TURY HARDIE GRANT, ¡¢

In a funny way, this book in­tro­duces us to Bill Lawry just as we’re say­ing farewell to him and the Nine com­men­tary team dur­ing the tran­si­tion of the game’s broad­cast part­ners in Aus­tralia. If you’re 40 and un­der, you never saw him play live. You grew up lis­ten­ing to his ar­gu­ments with great mate and spar­ring part­ner Tony Greig. You knew he played for and cap­tained Aus­tralia, but you prob­a­bly didn’t know how hon­oured and re­spected he was amongst his ilk. In Chas­ing A Cen­tury, you’ll find out. Writ­ten about Bill, not by him, none­the­less it still fea­tures the odd quote from the great man him­self, as well as snip­pets from opin­ion columns he’s pro­duced over the years. But mostly you’ll hear about him from other legends of the game: Keith Stack­poke, Bob Simp­son, Greg Chap­pell ... We love to rem­i­nisce about Richie Be­naud’s voice be­ing the sound of sum­mer for many of us for many years, but Lawry isn’t far be­hind. Fea­tur­ing a su­perb col­lec­tion of his­toric, rarely seen pho­to­graphs, this book is an ab­so­lutely out­stand­ing cel­e­bra­tion of one of the great con­trib­u­tors to cricket in Aus­tralia. Good for: Those who want to dis­cover the in­spi­ra­tion for Billy Birm­ing­ham’s love­able and en­dur­ing “got him, yes – piss off you’re out” lar­rikin.

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