As a former county player, Andrew Murtagh is often asked, 'who is the best batsman he has ever played with or against?' His answer is always unequivocal - 'Richards.' And then comes the inevitable rider - 'Barry, that is, not Viv.' It is a travesty that the cricket world has largely forgotten Barry Richards - a cricketing genius. Debuting for South Africa in 1970, his run-scoring, technique and audacious, extravagant strokeplay took the breath away. A glittering international career beckoned. However, the apartheid storm burst, and Richards had played his first and last Test series. Consigned to plying his trade for Hampshire, Natal and South Australia, Richards became increasingly frustrated and disenchanted with the game he had loved. Following retirement, personal tragedy and professional controversy continued to stalk him, though he has now come to an uneasy acceptance that he will be forever known as the genius lost to Test cricket.
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"A long overdue life of a great South African. The author is a former teammate and it is his third biography of a cricketer, following excellent books about a modest county player, George Chesterton, and a rather special Test batsman, 'Long Tom' Graveney." --Cricketweb Preview
"It looks like we have an early candidate for our Book of the Year award as the game finally gets a biography of one of the greatest of all the Springboks... The strength of this book, so rare in a cricketing biography, is that as the last page is finished the reader feels not only that he knows what Richards has accomplished in life, but rather more importantly knows exactly what makes him tick. It is easy enough to regurgitate a serious of facts, quite another to uncover a man's attitudes to life, the universe and everything." --cricketweb.net
"Well done, Andrew Murtagh. How much is known about the batting genius, Barry Richards? How many books have been written about him? It doesn't seem right that, with the wealth of cricket books around, not more has been devoted to this wonderfully talented South African opener who, but for his country's expulsion in 1970, would surely have been one of the leading world cricketers. And doubtless had more written about him... I welcome the insight which Sundial in the Shade gives into one of South Africa's legendary cricketers." --Andrew Roberts Cricket Statistics.com
"Among the crème de le crème of South Africa's most outstanding 'lost generation' of cricketers, forced off-shore by his country's abhorrent apartheid policies, Sundial in the Shade has a fascinating allure, especially for this reader who still marvels at the young genius' feats in averaging 72 in his one and only Test series against Australia." --cricketbooks.com.au
"Tells the story of the batsman who formed one of county cricket's most prolific opening partnerships alongside the West Indian Gordon Greenidge during his 10 years with Hampshire, where he made 15,600 of his first-class aggregate. It is a life overshadowed by personal tragedy and controversy and one defined by the frustration that he could never achieve the international success that would have surely come his way." --The Sports Bookshelf.com
Andrew Murtagh's first book, A Remarkable Man: The Story of George Chesterton, was short-listed for the MCC Cricket Society Book of the Year - for which award Touched by Greatness, his biography of Tom Graveney, is now long-listed. All-rounder Andrew played for Hampshire in the 1970s, and subsequently became an English teacher at Malvern College.