Andrew Murtagh’s biography of Barry Richards arrives in paperback just as his new book gets its first, near-perfect, review.


You can read what the critics said about Sundial in the Shade below; meanwhile, CricketWeb have just given his new biography of another former teammate, fast bowler and Test umpire John Holder, a near-perfect review:


“Thoroughly entertaining. Murtagh & Holder are a fine double act, who take it in turns to play the straight man and they produce an absorbing account of what life was like as a county cricketer a couple of generations ago. It is one long stream of anecdotes, all of which are very well told. Test of Character is a superb book that I wholeheartedly recommend.”


Click here to read Martin Chandler’s complete review of Test of Character.


As a former County player, Andrew Murtagh is often asked who is the best batsman he has ever played with or against. His answer is always unequivocal – “Richards.” And then comes the inevitable rider – “Barry, that is, not Viv.”


Sundial in the Shade is Andrew Murtagh’s personal account of a batsman widely considered a genius lost to Test cricket:

  • "Andrew Murtagh's book about his legendary Hampshire team-mate is packed full of anecdotes, detail and research. Written by one of Barry Richards' former fellow professionals at Hampshire CC, this is a remarkable book. It is unique, first of all, for its generosity and warm-heartedness.” --ESPNcricinfo.com
  • "A fascinating read. A treasure trove of fascinating snippets." --Cricket365.com
  • "It looks like we have an early candidate for our Book of the Year award as the game finally gets a biography of one of the greatest of all the Springboks.” --CricketWeb.net
  • "Sundial in the Shade has a fascinating allure, especially for this reader who still marvels at the young genius' feats in averaging 72 in his one and only Test series against Australia." --cricketbooks.com.au
  • "Barry Richards' batting was based on textbook principles from which he would at times depart as only a genius can. So it is with Murtagh's writing. The prose is never dull, the language never emasculated - yet Murtagh plays his shots as if in T20 mode. A very good read." --The Cricket Statistician
  • "This is a wonderful read and his former team mate at Hampshire, Andrew Murtagh, has done a fine job. Read it, and like me remember one of the greatest batsmen of the twentieth century." --Peakfan Blog


Click here for more information, or to read a sample from Sundial in the Shade