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.