Half-Time : The Glorious Summer of 1934 Hardback
Part of the Wisden Sports Writing series
Set against the backdrop of depression-era politics, 1934 was an annus mirabilis for English sport.
Within just a few days of each other, Hedley Verity, Henry Cotton and Fred Perry all triumphed in their field.
To a sporting audience still groaning through the quagmire left by the Great Depression, greedy for inspiring distractions, these heroic efforts made for a heady spectacle. England's Ashes Test victory at Lord's (later known as Verity's match) saw Australia seeking revenge after the Bodyline series of 1932-33, but Verity bowled England to a famous innings victory, taking 15 wickets - 14 in one day!
That same day, Cotton set out on the first qualifying round of the British Open.
He went on to set a new Open record with a game so sparkling the Daily Express called it "the best round of golf ever played". And within a fortnight, Perry had beaten Australia's Jack Crawford in the Wimbledon final.
England had an extraordinary national hat-trick. Together, these three contests and these three singular life stories weave a vivid portrait of an England that has faded from view.
Half-Time celebrates a time of intense and rapid social and cultural change, a time that was both the last hurrah of the ancien regime and the stirring of something new. And moving through it, famous actors on a grand stage, are three very English heroes.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 21/05/2015
- ISBN: 9781472908926
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