The Rules of Backyard Cricket

Jock Serong

South Africa are 6/194 at stumps on Day 3 and I am wrecked by the brilliance of this book. If you have a crime-fiction loving cricket fan in the family, consider your Christmas shopping sorted.

Steve Smith's Men

Geoff Lemon

A polished account of Australian cricket's fall into a cheating scandal, steeped with emotionally intelligent insights and beautiful prose.