The Cricketer has announced its picks for the 12 best cricket books of 2023, and we’re delighted to see three of the top six books are Pitch Publishing titles.

After reading and reviewing all of this year’s top cricket books to date, this highly respected, century-old publication narrowed its choice down to the best dozen books. Our three titles that made the final list are:

Disappearing World: Our 18 First-Class Cricket Counties 

The Cricketer calls it: ‘A joyous eulogy… [Author] Scyld Berry is the best critical friend the game has known.’

Disappearing World is a heartfelt celebration of what county cricket has been for more than a hundred years – an integral part of English life. Threatened by the growth of T20 franchise tournaments and by the governing body's move to cut the championship to ten games a season, county cricket will only survive if it is fully appreciated.

How to be a Cricket Fan: A Life in 50 Artefacts from WG to Wisden 

The Cricketer says: ‘Matthew Appleby describes how the game can become a near-obsession in this funny and sentimental chronicle, but there is far more to this affectionate book than a must-have list of memorabilia.’

How to be a Cricket Fan is the story of an English eccentric's journey from cricketing backwaters to entertaining the stars and becoming a leading authority on the game. Most people love sport – this is the tale of the ultimate fan before the internet made it easy.

Swallows and Hawke: England's Cricket Tourists, the MCC and the Making of South Africa 1888–1968

The Cricketer says: ‘The book rightfully places itself in the tradition of Mike Marqusee, Ramachandra Guha and Derek Birley. Packed with detail.’

Swallows and Hawke is the compelling story of cricket's second-oldest rivalry, exploring 15 English cricket tours to South Africa. It juxtaposes sensational action on the pitch with a kaleidoscope of player experiences – in jail or chased by rhinos – all framed within an analysis of racism, apartheid and African resistance. 

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