Mark Turley’s Journeymen was long-listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year in 2015. The Sussex & England all-rounder was famed for his brilliant bowling and broad smile – unlike his infamous cricketing father, whose costly Test match error he more than repaid.
Tate’s story is one of controversy and tragedy as well as triumph and fame, woven atmospherically by Justin Parkinson (also author of The Strange Death of English Leg Spin: How Cricket's Finest Art Was Given Away).
Then Came Massacre: The Story of Maurice Tate, Cricket's Smiling Destroyer was critically acclaimed upon initial publication:
• Winner of the CricketWeb Best New Writer Award 2013
• “Superb...It is hard to think of a more unjustly neglected England great. Parkinson redresses the balance with gusto.” - Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
• “Tate's figures speak for themselves, but figures cannot explain, as Parkinson does with words, what a joy he was to watch. Parkinson has a passion for cricket. This is his first book and more on Sussex stars would be welcome." - Sussex Life
• “An excellent first cricket book by Justin Parkinson. Let's hope there is a follow-up.” - CricketWeb.net
• “An inspiring story of how he [Tate] dealt with criticism and praise, which recognises his great talents as cricketer and human being.” - Cricket Memorabilia Society Magazine
• “Excellent. For a modern take on a criminally undertold story Parkinson's book is a must-read.” --TheArmchairSelector.com
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