**Voted Wisden Cricket Monthly‘s best cricket book ever in 2019**
WINNER, BEST CRICKET BOOK, BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS 2010
Golden Boy is a blistering exposé of the tumultuous Lillee/Marsh/Chappells era of Australian cricket, as viewed through the lens of flawed genius Kim Hughes.
Kim Hughes was one of the most majestic and daring batsmen to play for Australia in the last 40 years. Golden curled and boyishly handsome, his rise and fall as captain and player is unparalleled in cricketing history. He played several innings that count as all-time classics, but it’s his tearful resignation from the captaincy that is remembered.
Insecure but arrogant, abrasive but charming; in Hughes’ character were the seeds of his own destruction. Yet was Hughes’ fall partly due to those around him, men who are themselves legends in Australia’s cricketing history? Lillee, Marsh, the Chappells, all had their agendas, all were unhappy with his selection and performance as captain – evidenced by Dennis Lillee’s tendency to aim bouncers relentlessly at Hughes’ head during net practice.
Hughes’ arrival on the Test scene coincided with the most turbulent time Australian cricket has ever seen – first Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket, then the rebel tours to South Africa. Both had dramatic effects on Hughes’ career. As he traces the high points and the low, Christian Ryan sheds new and fascinating light on the cricket – and the cricketers – of the times.
The Sound of Summer
For more than four decades Jim Maxwell has called the cricket for the ABC. Since 1973 he has covered over 250 Test matches, including six tours to the West Indies, seven to the subcontinent, over fifty Ashes Tests and five World Cups. His distinctive voice, dryly understated humour and immense knowledge of the game have been part of the fabric of Australian cricket for forty years.
In his long-awaited autobiography he reflects on his life and career in a book that is fascinating, warm, nostalgic and uniquely informed about the game he loves and has dedicated his career to.