Daniel Melamud is a writer, editor, and photographer, as
well as a lifelong cricket enthusiast, who captained his elementary
school cricket team to a comprehensive defeat at Lords.
"A gorgeous new release from Rizzoli containing photographs of the
game in panorama, from village greens in England to the Nehru
Stadium in India and much besides. Make room for this one next to
--The New Criterion
Games can take several days, with tea breaks at four o'clock,
and the lexicon, with terms such as "square leg" and "gully," make
its field positions sound more like pirate slang than sports talk.
And yet the appeal of this distant cousin to American
baseball--white outfits, green lawns, team camaraderie--endures, as
evidenced by the picturesque, action-filled photographs in Daniel
Melamud's new book, This Is Cricket. Shots include several
from Patrick Eagar--"a master if not the master of the lens and a
genius at catching the moment," writes former England captain David
Gower in the foreword to the book--and chronicle all aspects of the
sport: "A sponsor's tent, a fabulous cold buffet, potent glasses of
Pimm's and the afternoon took care of itself," Gower recalls of a
day spent on and (mostly) off the field due to intermittent rain.
He adds, "If these many gorgeous images don't bring a smile to your
face, I'm afraid you're probably not human."
--Air Mail Featuring over 300 jaw dropping images, expertly written text, and a foreword from the iconic English cricket commentator David Gower, This Is Cricket pays homage to the eternal elegance of cricket...it's also the perfect entry for anyone who is just starting to take a shine to this classic sport.
--DeFY New York Rizzoli's new hardcover book This Is Cricket celebrates the timeless game, from the best and most stylish players to the hallowed grounds on which it's played. Why we want it: maybe this is how we finally learn the rules of cricket.