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SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD Fire in Babylon tells the full extraordinary story of the West Indies cricket team that brought the world to its knees and a people to its feet Inspired by the Stevan Riley film.
Simon Lister is a cricket writer and senior BBC news producer. His first book, Supercat the authorised biography of Clive Lloyd was short-listed for the British Sports Book of the Year award. It was, said the Guardian, beautifully written . He has been a contributor to the Wisden Cricketers Almanack and has covered the county game for the Sunday Telegraph. For ten years, his magazine column, Eyewitness, appeared in The Wisden Cricketer and its successor The Cricketer.
"I doubt there will be a better book written about this period in West Indies cricket history" -- Clive Lloyd "Outstanding... Lister's book works magnificently not just because he tells a great story with unfussy clarity and journalistic rigour but because - like the best sports books - it is not content to stick to sport." -- Richard Whitehead The Times "A perceptive and comprehensive account that more than cricket knows" -- Gideon Haigh "Calm and fair, but with pace and bounce, the story of the most feared team cricket has ever seen" -- Matthew Engel "As near definitive as you could want...expert and knowledgeable" -- Danny Kelly Observer "The best cricket book since Beyond A Boundary by CLR James. I am completely intrigued by the fact that it is set in a historical and social context over an extended period and brings to the fore, so many of the thoughts I had as a young man in pre and post-independent Jamaica. It should be obligatory reading for every West Indian but especially those young aspiring West Indian cricketers" -- Pat Rousseau, former President, West Indies Cricket Board "One of the best sports books I've read in years" -- Simon Kuper "The chapter on fast bowling in Fire In Babylon is the best thing you'll read this year. If you read it. Please do read it." -- Rob Smyth, Guardian/Daily Telegraph sportswriter