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"If ever a cricketer described as 'all arms, legs and nose' fitted the bill, it would be Fred Spofforth.
If ever a book should sell itself by its cover, this would be it."

A reviewer noted. 
The book was a second edition with much new information and never seen before pictures.

But it was the painting on the cover that caught the imagination of people. 
The painting was executed on the panels of a door of a homestead in Spofforth's hometown.
When the building was demolished the panels were presented to the local cricket association. 
The work reveals not only Spofforth's athleticism but, to an extent, his menace.

There was a gap of almost 25 years between the two editions.
Written by Richard Cashman.