Christian Ryan is one of the most stylish and intelligent of writers on the sport today. He was awarded UK Cricket Book of the Year in 2010 for Golden Boy, his book on Kim Hughes's tempestuous period as Captain of the Australian Cricket team.
A brilliant photographer, a brilliant writer - and one of the most startlingly original cricket books ever published - Matthew Engel Christian Ryan is cricket writing's most exquisite miniaturist, capable of revealing whole worlds with a knowing glance. In the peerless Patrick Eagar, he finds his perfect subject - Gideon Haigh Feeling is magical, a head rush, a marvel. It takes one summer many summers ago in the life of a cricket photographer and conjures something timeless and human. The breadth of artistic insight, the exhilarating diversions, connections and epiphanies, the miraculous details, the structural genius - taut and unspooling like John McPhee's Levels of the Game, but wilder - are propelled by an unaccountable suspense. What, you find yourself asking, will this gentle, extraordinary photographer do next? Where will this brilliant, obsessed writer take you next? Can he pull it off? Shouldn't be able to. Does he pull it off? Yes, yes, yes. - Rahul Battacharya, Ondaatje Prize-winning author of Pundits from Pakistan A book of eccentric brilliance - The Saturday Age, Sydney Morning Herald The feeling may happen in that split-second, but the effect is longer lasting. Five Stars. - Inside Sport Ryan has rendered us a new way of seeing cricket photography. - Australian Book Review