Tim Rice

The Never-Ending Series

Ashes to Ashes: 35 Years of Humiliation (and About 20 Minutes of Ecstasy) Watching England v Australia

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At the end of this summer’s eagerly awaited Ashes Test Matches, albeit one from which the authorities have attempted to squeeze out any vestige of tradition, consideration to the participants or convenience to supporters, one thing is certain – there will be an onslaught of books about the series. Publishers will be desperate to get something out before the Aussies are even in the departure lounge at Heathrow (and will probably manage it minutes after the final ball is bowled at the Oval). By the time they have got through security there will be a dozen Ashes 2009 books on the shelves or floating around cyberspace. Some will be unreadable (generally those ‘written’ by a player), some will pass muster, at least in the picture department; all will suffer from lack of perspective. Now is the time to write the definitive account of the 2005 Ashes series.

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