'An astonishing work of research, detail and revelation. Bulging with information, packed with nuggets.'
– John Etheridge, Sun
'Superbly researched piece of work by Simon Wilde. His eye for detail never wavers; he never cuts any corners. It’s a pleasure to read but also works as a reference book.'
– Vic Marks, Observer
The Cricket Book of the Year: 'At once dauntingly comprehensive and surprisingly light-footed.'
– Simon Briggs, Daily Telegraph
'He has done a fabulous job with this book. Inevitably, history reveals historical patterns.'
– Simon Barnes, The Cricketer
'A meaty book, and it has to be. Wilde tells the story with clarity and a pleasing lack of bias.'
– Michael Henderson, The Times
'Another wonderful sports book on the shelves this summer is a brilliantly presented history of English cricket written by Simon Wilde. Not only does it cover all the major matches, issues and controversies of our national summer game, it is also speckled liberally with fascinating lists and statistics... The book is simply a treat.'
– Jim Holden, Sunday Express
'Fellow [cricket] tragics will love this book, issued in the summer of England’s 1,000th Test match. Even the title – England: The Biography – deserves a round of applause for presuming that the nation is synonymous with cricket... The book’s greatest joys are its footnotes.'
– Francis Wheen, Mail on Sunday
'This book, indispensable to any serious cricket lover, is an important work of scholarly synthesis which establishes Wilde as one of our foremost cricket historians.'
– Peter Oborne, The Spectator
'An impressive and comprehensive gem...superbly researched and brilliantly delivered. It is going to...be indispensable. It needs to be read, and it deserves to sell well.'
– Huw Turbervill, The Cricketer
'A collection of 35 thematic chapters rather than a chronological narrative and is packed full of stats and fascinating details.'
– Mail on Sunday, Sports Books of the Year
'His story of the England cricket team's development is not just highly informative but offers a valuable and lasting perspective... Here is a book that all those writing about the game will want in their laptops as well as their libraries. The book that Wilde was destined to write, a reminder that he is surely the finest editor that Wisden Cricketers Almanack never had; perhaps there is still time.'
– David Hopps, Cricinfo
‘A well-written, engaging, analytical narrative rich in opinion and revealing facts’
– Roderick Easdale, Country Life