Drawing on an extensive range of contemporary sources, this book provides an account of the controversial, outspoken and highly successful aristocrat, Lord Hawke. During a long and colourful career, Hawke captained Cambridge University, Yorkshire (despite being born in Lincolnshire) and England - his record for his country being unequalled. Coldham aims to dispel the mistaken belief - perhaps arising from Hawke's exclamation, "Pray God, no professional shall ever captain England!" - that Hawke had no time for the professional cricketer. The author sets out to reveal the true character behind Hawke's awesome persona and shows him as a man who put cricket (and especially Yorkshire) first.
James P. Coldham, member of the Cricket Society and of the Association of Cricket Statisticians, has long been an ardent follower of the fortunes of Northamptonshire CCC. His fascination for the Golden Age of English cricket was inherited from his father, the late cricket historian James D. Coldham. He is the author of F.S. Jackson, A Cricketing Biography.