This is a biography of Sir Donald Bradman, perhaps the greatest batsman in the history of cricket. It is written in the context of his story as an Australian, during a period when Australia was moving towards nationhood . It describes a career that spannThis is a biography of Sir Donald Bradman, perhaps the greatest batsman in the history of cricket. It is written in the context of his story as an
Uniquely among biographers of Don Bradman, Charles Williams sets his subject's cricketing achievements within the context of a crucial period in the history of modern Australia, a time when, as the country felt her way towards something that the world would recognise as 'nationhood', Bradman became a focus for national aspirations, a figure of unique status.
Brilliantly revealing the phenomenon of Bradman's cricketing genius - and the tensions that genius created for the man, his family, team-mates and the game's administrators - Williams' story is as much about Australia as it is a great Australian.
Charles Williams, Lord Williams of Elvel, former industrialist and banker and now a Labour peer, was appointed to a life peerage in 1985. He served on the Opposition front bench from 1986 onwards and was elected Opposition Deputy Leader in 1989. He is one of Britain's most distinguished biographers.