Over and Out



Congratulations go out to Steve Neal, author of Over and Out, on today's news that his biography of controversial Edwardian cricketer Albert Trott has been shortlisted for the Cricket Writers' Club Book of the Year 2017.

The full list of six books on the short list is as follows:

  • Beautiful Game by Mark Nicholas (Allen & Unwin)
  • Front Foot! The Law That Changed Cricket by Doug Ackerly (National Library of Australia)
  • Over And Out by Steve Neal (Pitch)
  • Remarkable Cricket Grounds by Brian Levison (Pavilion)
  • Stroke Of Genius by Gideon Haigh (Simon & Schuster)
  • Unguarded by Jonathan Trott (Sphere)

The award will be announced on October 3 at the CWC's Annual Lunch. This is the 11th year of the award and thus, with a full team of books, it is also hoped to select a winner of winners.

Family madness, a gun, the first double hat-trick in a single innings, a batting average of 102.5 for Australia in tests: Albert Trott, was one of the most unusual and talented cricketers ever to play the game. Now, for the first time, the story of his life is told in a full-length biography.

Albert Trott was a great all-rounder, the Botham of his day:

  • The first and still the only man to hit the ball over the Lord’s pavilion
  • Good enough to play for England and Australia, though at the height of his powers he was shunned by the selectors of both countries
  • His mystery late-swerving delivery was developed playing baseball in Australia
  • The first player to achieve the double of 200 wickets and 1000 runs in the same season
  • The grandson of a West Indian slave, but his mixed race was never acknowledged at the time
  • Lauded by the Middlesex committee then sacked ten years later
  • Off the field, his life was dominated by drink, gambling and unusual money-making schemes
  • Today he would be rich from playing in the 20/20 leagues, but the Edwardian cricketing bureaucracy and class system prevented him from gaining the just rewards for his talent
  • His lonely death from suicide has masked his cricketing achievements

There is no portrait of Albert Trott in the Long Room in the Lord’s pavilion. His cricketing feats have been largely unacknowledged. It is time for him to take up his rightful place in the history of the game. The book includes research from the Lord’s archives and photographs that have not been seen for many years.

Click here for more information, or to read a sample from Over and Out.