WIN! A copy of The Promise of Endless Summer

The Cricket Blog has teamed up with Aurum publishing to offer three lucky readers the opportunity to win a copy of Martin Smith’s new book, The Promise of Endless Summer: Cricket Lives from The Daily Telegraph.

The Promise of Endless Summer features obituaries of some of the game's greats, like Don Bradman

The book takes a selection of over 80 obituaries from the newspaper, each chose because of the colourfulness of the writing and the character beyond. Some giants of the game such as Sir Don Bradman, Harold Larwood and Malcolm Marshall sit alongside those who brought their inimitable style and character to the game we all love such as David Bairstow, Norman Mitchell-Innes and Charles Palmer.

The writing featured comes from such luminaries of cricket as E.W Swanton, Michael Parkinson and Scyld Berry, who has the distinction of having his tribute to E.W Swanton featured.

It’s a lovely, staccato book that brings to life an array of cricketers that gave the sport the deep cultural history that it carries today. The book is perhaps best summed up by a quote that Smith uses in his introduction, from Garrison Keillor: “They say such nice things about people at their funeral that it makes me sad that I’m going to miss mine by just a few days.”

We’ve got three copies of this charming book to give away. To be in with a chance of winning one, just answer the following question:

Which county won the 2012 County Championship?

Include your answer in the subject line of an e-mail to and please include your full name and preferred postal address in the event that you are selected.

Please note that we are only able to distribute copies to UK addresses. The competition will close on Midday, Friday May 31. Winners will be notified shortly after.

Good luck!

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