Almanac Cricket: ‘The Comeback Summer’ by Geoff Lemon


In this gripping follow-up to the multi-award-winning Steve Smith’s Men Geoff Lemon takes on The Comeback Summer of cricket. At the height of the 2019 season, the biggest names in Australian and English cricket faced off for sporting glory – and public forgiveness. It was always going to be a summer to remember. Steve Smith, captain of the Australian team, a batsman with a shot at rivalling the greatest of all time. Ben Stokes, star of the English team, an all-rounder with a knack for moments of genius. Both disgraced in scandals of very different kinds. Both attempting a tough comeback trail through the most crucial contests in cricket: the World Cup back-to-back with the Ashes. Geoff Lemon was there, in the commentary boxes and on the boundaries, for this season of unparalleled drama on the field. The Comeback Summer is an insightful, lively and sharp take on the cricketing world, which asks why we’re so obsessed with the idea of sport as a means of redemption.


About the Author:


Geoff Lemon has covered cricket since 2010, touring with the Australian men’s and women’s teams since 2013 for outlets including the ABC, BBC, Wisden Almanack, The Guardian, The Cricketer, The Saturday Paper and ESPNcricinfo.


He has worked on radio and television in Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Sri Lanka, the Caribbean, Ireland and the UAE, and hosts cricket podcast The Final Word. His writing outside sport appears in Best Australian Stories, The Monthly and Meanjin.


His books include essay collection The Sturgeon General Presents, collaborative novel Willow Pattern, and poetry collection Sunblind. His last book, Steve Smith’s Men, was named Wisden Book of the Year, MCC & Cricket Society Book of the Year, Cricket Writers’ Club Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for The Telegraph Cricket Book of the Year and the Mark & Evette Moran NIB Literary Award.



HARDIE GRANT BOOKS | RRP: AU $29.99 NZ $32.99 | PB




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  1. Luke Reynolds says

    My pre-ordered copy arrived yesterday, looking forward to getting stuck in to it, Geoff’s previous book “Steve Smith’s Men” was an exceptional read.

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