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The Bowling was Superfine: West Indian Writing and West Indian Cricket

Stewart Brown and Ian McDonald present a multi-faceted portrait of the significance of cricket to the Caribbean and the attraction of Caribbean cricket to the world outside.


Stewart Brown, Ian McDonald
Essays, Anthologies, Poetry, Fiction, Short Stories
Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Pan Caribbean
Date published
28 Feb 2012

With poems, calypsos, stories, extracts from novels, essays, speeches, cricket journalism and essays about cricket writing, the editors show cricket inhabiting all areas of the Caribbean imagination.

From its expression at the highest level on the global field of play, to the no less titanic struggles on the bumpier fields of the village or the sugar estate, this is a celebration of those who forged an art out of a game, those who transformed a colonial sport into the cutting edge of Caribbean nationalism, and, in the 1970s and 80s changed forever the nature of the game. Over both editors hovers the benign ghost of that great West Indian CLR James, and The Bowling Was Superfine is not least a worthy act of homage to the writer whose Beyond a Boundary first revealed the convergence of Caribbean being and cricket.

Stewart Brown is the editor of several major anthologies as well as critical studies of Derek Walcott, Kamau Brathwaite and Martin Carter.

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Stewart Brown

Since 1988 Stewart Brown has lectured at the Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham, where he is Reader in Caribbean Literature and was, until recently, Director of the Centre. In 2007 he was Visiting Professor of Literatures in English at The University of the West Indies, Barbados.

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Ian McDonald

Ian McDonald was born in Trinidad in 1933. After attending school in Port of Spain he went to university in Cambridge to read History. He was a gifted tennis player and captained both the Cambridge and the West Indies Davis cup team. He first went to Guyana in 1955 and has lived there ever since.

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