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Cricket Legends speak: new CD series

Sheahan frontApproaching its 50th year of caring for cricket, The Australian Cricket Society is re-releasing CDs of some of the best cricket speeches from all of its annual dinners dating back to the early ’70s. The latest six ACS Nostalgia Series releases are: Alan Davidson (1974), Bob Cowper (1977), Paul Sheahan (1979), Ian Brayshaw (1987), Doug Walters (1993) and Terry Jenner (1999).

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Clunes gems from Booktown

Spent the weekend in Clunes at the 10th annual  Bookfair. Collectors from Melbourne and as far as Camperdown came to visit, the Bradman memorabilia being very popular as always. I had some Vanity Fair replica ‘Spy’ prints too which drew attention. Only 7 remain including the two Australians, Bonnor and Spofforth at $35 each posted.

Gideon Haigh came into our shoppe and signed a copy of Bowled Warnie, one of his very best selling books which took… wait for it… just four weeks to write. He has a very large cricket library and in particular, loves biographies and bought a copy of the Gary Bartlett story, Meteor over Marlborough.

1890sMurdochGrace453Gideon’s latest cricket book is a biography of Victor Trumper, due in October. There is also a Michael Clarke autobiography due for Christmas, written with Malcolm Knox.

Among the cricket books I picked up was a leather-bound version of Mark Taylor’s  1999 autobiography Time To Declare. It is nicely signed inside by Mark and is in good condition at $50 plus post.

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