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The biography of one of the most original and elusive characters in Australian sporting history, by renowned cricket writer Gideon Haigh.

In 1950, aged in his mid-thirties, ‘tall, shy, shambling’ Jack Iverson burst forth from obscurity in suburban Melbourne, ‘bowled like no man before’ and became a national sensation, then faded from view almost as swiftly. He died in obscurity, in tragic circumstances. In the enthralling Mystery Spinner, first published in 1999, one of the world’s best cricket writers goes in search of an enigma: an ordinary man in whom lurked the extraordinary.

Reviews

One of the best cricket biographies I have ever read

Wisden Cricket Monthly

Even if you don’t care for the game you might enjoy it…Not your standard sporting biography.

Guardian

A delight, a gripping (no pun intended) read, and an object lesson to anyone tempted to try their hand at biography

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  • Paperback

    9781925603217

    January 2, 2018

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