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From W. G. Grace to Shane Warne, Twirlymen is an essential look at that most eccentric of cricketers - the spin bowler

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Amol Rajan is Comment Editor at the Independent, having previously been a news reporter and Sports News Correspondent for the newspaper. He is also a columnist for the Independent and Evening Standard, and a restaurant critic for the Independent on Sunday. He grew up in Tooting, south London, and from the age of 11 played for Sinjuns Cricket Club (now Sinjuns & Grammarians) in Wandsworth, becoming the youngest captain of a men's team when leading the Sunday First XI in 2002, aged eighteen. www.twitter.com/amolrajan


Enchanting. Twirlymen is packed with anecdotes that fizz like a Murali doosra * Spectator *
Wonderful * The Economist *
Erudite... Charming and insightful... Knowledgeable, obsessed and astute * New Statesman *
Rajan captures the distinctiveness of spin bowlers, a tribe within the wider nation of cricketers * Literary Review *
I could not stop picking it up... A history of spin bowling, diligently researched but written with wit and, most tellingly, an obsessive's eye for detail -- Andy Bull * Guardian *

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