I bought this book as a result of the author's wonderful account of 20 years with Brian Clough called "Provided You Don't Kiss Me" and having an interest in Ashes Cricket. Hamilton's easy writing style interested me greatly.
This biography of the brilliant English fast bowler is again wonderfully and sympathetically written and essentially is an account of a supremely talented and unplayable fast bowler, who followed his captains' orders to negate Don Bradman's effectiveness, won England the Ashes in Australia, was lauded by the MCC blazers as a result and then cast aside by that same MCC when the Australians took exception to the "Bodyline" tactics. The ensuing controversy affected Larwood deeply (and injuries also) and sadly he never played for England again.
This is a human story of talent recognised (batsman acknowledge is frightening pace), his use/abuse by the MCC and his disenchantment with the game he so loved and his latter life fulfillment in, ironically, Sydney. I finished this book very quickly such was its magnet, really enjoyed it and you should also.