Lister, Simon


From the prize-winning author of Fire in Babylon, a timely reappraisal of Frank Worrell’s life and legacy, published in time for the centenary of his birth in 2024. 

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Publish Date: 06/06/2024
ISBN: 9781398524880 Category: Tag:


‘The definitive telling of the life of a West Indian hero’
Sir Clive Lloyd 

The brilliant all-rounder Frank Worrell had to wait until 1960 to become the first permanent Black captain of the West Indies cricket team, denied for a decade by the elitism, insularity and racism of Caribbean cricket’s rulers. When his chance finally came, Worrell transformed a talented but unfocused team into the most exciting side in the world and led his men into unforgettable series against Australia and England.
Worrell was universally admired as one of cricket’s great captains when he was knighted in 1964, but three years later, he was dead aged just forty-two.
Not merely an extraordinarily talented and record-breaking sportsman, he served the University of the West Indies after his retirement – along with the cricket team and the political federation, one of the three truly unifying elements across a fractious and diverse region.
This biography, by the author of the acclaimed Fire in Babylon and with a foreword by Sir Clive Lloyd, is the definitive telling of Frank Worrell’s life and legacy. It reveals how an upbringing in Barbados, cricketing adventures around the world and a determination not to be cowed by the powers that ran island cricket, shaped a great West Indian cricketer into a great West Indian, who changed the game forever. 

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Dimensions 234 × 153 mm










796.358092 (edition:23)


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