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Book Description
gilt titles spine; The story of the man who captained England at cricket and was offered the throne of Albania. John Arlott wrote of him 'a most incredible man ... the most variously gifted Englishman of any age ... the pre-eminent all-rounder, not merely of his own age, but, so far as is measurable, of all English history: C. B. Fry was a phenomenon, possibly the greatest sportsman of all time. He batted alongside W. G. Grace and Ranjitsinhji and captained England without losing a Test. He also played soccer for England, and reached the FA Cup Final with Southampton. At rugby, he played for Oxford, Blackheath and the Barbarians, and could have played for England. He missed out on winning gold medals at the Olympics of 1896 (he didn't know they were taking place) and 1900 but held the world long-jump record and was still hurdling into his mid-fifties. At Oxford, he won twelve Blues and captained the university at soccer, athletics and cricket in the same year - an unprecedented achievement. Fry was much more than a sportsman. He won a major scholarship to Oxford, where his friends numbered Max Beerbohm, Hilaire Belloc and F. E. Smith, and his nicknames included 'Charles Ill', 'Almighty' and 'Lord Oxford'. He wrote several books, including a novel and a brilliant but selective autobiography, and became one of the most successful and influential journalists of his day. He was a friend of many prominent Labour and Liberal politicians but flirted with fascism, meeting Hitler in 1934, before reverting to Liberalism. He encountered Prime Ministers from Gladstone to Churchill, represented India at the League of Nations and came within a whisker of becoming an MP. Among his many interests he also became Captain Superintendent of the training ship Mercury though much of its day-to-day running was left to his wife Beatrice whose extreme disciplines, verging on sadism, actually led to the death of one boy in 1922. This book has no faults & is an association copy being inscribed on the fep. with the words- "To John Butterfield - An admirer of the Fry family from 'the grandson' Charles Fry. 25.6.99".
Dealer Notes
First Edition; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; Includes bibliography, notes & index.
Author Wilton, Iain
Date 1999
Binding Hardcover (Original Green Cloth)
Publisher Richard Cohen Books, London
Illustrator Photo's & Drawings
Condition Fine/Fine
Pages 409

Price: £60.00

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