W.G.Grace: A Life by Simon Rae
Enjoying a celebrity shared by perhaps only Gladstone and Queen Victoria of his contemporaries, W.G. Grace was the world's first sporting superstar. Researched in archives from Grimsby to Australia, and drawing on diaries, letters, and access to the cricketer's own library, this biography offers a radical analysis of Grace's career. It also reviews the more controversial aspects of his conduct, including verbal and physical altercations both on and off the field, and his kidnapping of an Australian cricketer from Lord's. Discussion of his private life encompasses his childhood, his marriage, his children, his grief at the death of a daughter and later his eldest son, and his career as a doctor. The book includes an extensive statistical survey by Bill Frindall.