Fire in Babylon: How the West Indies Cricket Team Brought a People to its Feet

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Between 1975 and 1994 the West Indies dominated cricket’s empire, feared for their ferocious pace and the brutal beauty of their play. This disparate group of men, from islands across the Caribbean, came together to play for a nation that existed only on a pitch, fighting under a flag that only flew from a pavilion roof. The team dominated for 19 years, but their success on the pitch went far beyond the game – it gave meaning and liberation to a nation still fighting the legacy of 300 years of slavery, and a people scattered across the globe. Tracing the remarkable journey from their notorious defeat in 1975 to world dominance shortly after, Simon Lister tells the story of how determination, controversy and ‘pace like fire’ came to become one of the greatest stories sport has ever known.

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WINNER OF THE CRICKET SOCIETY AND MCC BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2016

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD

‘I doubt there will be a better book written about this period in West Indies cricket history.’
Clive Lloyd

Cricket had never been played like this. Cricket had never meant so much.

The West Indies had always had brilliant cricketers; it hadn’t always had brilliant cricket teams. But in 1974, a man called Clive Lloyd began to lead a side which would at last throw off the shackles that had hindered the region for centuries. Nowhere else had a game been so closely connected to a people’s past and their future hopes; nowhere else did cricket liberate a people like it did in the Caribbean.

For almost two decades, Clive Lloyd and then Vivian Richards led the batsmen and bowlers who changed the way cricket was played and changed the way a whole nation – which existed only on a cricket pitch – saw itself.

With their pace like fire and their scorching batting, these sons of cane-cutters and fishermen brought pride to a people which had been stifled by 300 years of slavery, empire and colonialism. Their cricket roused the Caribbean and antagonised the game’s traditionalists.

Told by the men who made it happen and the people who watched it unfold, Fire in Babylon is the definitive story of the greatest team that sport has known.

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Weight 0.279 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.3 cm
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Paperback

Pages

xviii, 346 , 16 unnumbered of plates

Language

English

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Dewey

796.35809729 (edition:23)

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General – Trade / Code: K