Amazing Grace: The Man Who Was W.G. Richard Tomlinson

ISBN: 9781408705186

Published: September 3rd 2015

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432 pages


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Amazing Grace: The Man Who Was W.G.  by  Richard Tomlinson

Amazing Grace: The Man Who Was W.G. by Richard Tomlinson
September 3rd 2015 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 432 pages | ISBN: 9781408705186 | 6.14 Mb

On a sunny afternoon in May 1868, nineteen-year-old Gilbert Grace stood in a Wiltshire field, wondering why he was playing cricket against the Great Western Railway Club. A batting genius, W. G. should have been starring at Lords in the grandMoreOn a sunny afternoon in May 1868, nineteen-year-old Gilbert Grace stood in a Wiltshire field, wondering why he was playing cricket against the Great Western Railway Club. A batting genius, W. G. should have been starring at Lords in the grand opening match of the season.

But MCC did not want to elect this humble son of a provincial doctor. W. Gs career was faltering before it had barely begun.Grace finally forced his way into MCC and over the next three decades, millions came to watch him - not just at Lords, but across the British Empire and beyond. Only W. G. could boast a fan base that stretched from an American Civil War general and the Prince of Waless mistress to the children who fingered his coat-tails as he walked down the street, just to say I touched him.The public never knew the darker story behind W. G.s triumphal progress. Accused of avarice, W.

G. was married to the daughter of a bankrupt. Disparaged as a simpleton, his subversive mind recast how to play sport - thrillingly hard, pushing the rules, beating his opponents his own way.In Amazing Grace, Richard Tomlinson unearths a life lived so far ahead of his times that W. G. is still misunderstood today. For the first time, Tomlinson delves into long-buried archives in England and Australia to reveal the real W.

G: a self-made, self-destructive genius, at odds with the world and himself.



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