Francis, Bill – Bevan Congdon, a singular man, new release


Story of the  tenacious,  brave and talented ex-NZ captain, now 79.

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Bevan Congdon was a fine all-rounder for New Zealand whose game flourished when given the responsibility of leadership. He captained NZ from 1972-74 and played 61 Tests. ‘Congo’, as he was known to his team-mates, had wonderful concentration, courage and over time built his technique to counter the best bowlers.

Born in Motueka, a short distance from Nelson in the South Island of New Zealand, Congdon’s career hit many peaks. There was the outstanding series in the West Indies in 1972; his contribution of 176 against England in 1973 at Trent Bridge, still considered an innings for the ages; followed by the distinction of leading New Zealand to their first Test win over Australia. Behind all of this there was the considered family man, kind and contemplating. He was in many ways ‘A Singular Man’…. hardback with dw, 50 pages

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1 review for Francis, Bill – Bevan Congdon, a singular man, new release

  1. Ken

    Review from In A Singular Man, author Bill Francis, follows the traditional biographical format starting with Congdon’s formative years and rise through the cricketing ranks. The book flows and Francis is able to convey more of his subject’s personality in just 50 pages some modern Australian cricketing biographers struggle to achieve in 700+ pages.

    Congdon presents as a shy man who does not mix readily. It appears some took this standoffishness as aloofness or even pomposity. His personality when combined with his high demands as a captain, contemporaries say it was not advisable to drop a catch off Congdon’s bowling, made him not everyone’s cup of tea.

    Those who knew Congdon well, report him as a loyal friend with an understated sense of humour. After reading A Singular Man, Congdon presents as a dedicated cricketer who led from the front. Mainly as a batsmen, but he could also take important wickets and was a fine fieldsman.

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