Complete List of Books on Women’s Cricket with Buying Links | Updated Jan 2022

Books are a man’s best friend, who would disagree. Reading is a recreation enjoyed by many however it is not just that. Books for many years have been a huge source of knowledge and information. Most importantly, books inspire us. While fantasies give us fictional heroes to look up to, autobiographies give us human ones. We can learn so much from simple documentation of a person’s life in their own words and also learn life lessons that will help us grow as individuals.

There are a lot of great books on cricket and its players. Everyone has heard of autobiographies of Sachin Tendulkar’s Playing it my way, AB – the autobiography by AB De Villiers, 281 and beyond by VVS Laxman, The Test of my Life by Yuvraj Singh, and many more. There are also books like Numbers Don’t Matter by Aakash Chopra and The Commonwealth of Cricket which captures the game well.

 

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Unfortunately, like in this list, books on women’s cricket are scarce and in the books referred to above, women’s cricket usually does not or barely gets a mention. Even if there are only a few available, we are unaware of them. This is a problem because books are a huge influence in sparking interest in new topics. We have incredible autobiographies by other sportswomen such as Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal, and Sania Mirza. These books have sparked interest and also inspired young girls to pursue these sports. Cricket is the biggest sport in India but the spotlight on women’s cricket is dim and hence books on them have been minimal. Publications do not feel the need for these books because the demand is so little.

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Hence, we are going to bring the spotlight to books that have been published on women’s cricket.

 

Name of Book Author Year of Publishing  Link to Buy
Heyhoe! The Autobiography of Rachel Heyhoe Flint Rachel Heyhoe Flint 1978 https://amzn.to/3ztH82W
Fair Play: The Story of Women’s Cricket Netta Rheinberg and Rachael Heyhoe Flint, Baroness Heyhoe-Flint 1976 Not available
Skirting the Boundary: A History of Women’s Cricket Isabelle Duncan 2013 https://amzn.to/3pUrfzc
The Fire Burns Blue: A History of Women’s Cricket in India Karunya Keshav and Sidhanta Patnaik 2018 https://www.amazon.in/Fire-Burns-Blue-History-Cricket/dp/9387894436
The Warm Sun on My Face: The Story of Women’s Cricket in New Zealand Adrienne Simpson and Trevor Auger 2020 Not available
Clearing Boundaries: The Rise of Australian Women’s Cricket Fiona Bollen and Matt Bonser 2020 Not available
Rising Spell in Women’s Cricket Dr. Roopali Slathia and Mukta Singla 2017 https://amzn.to/3mVScR6
Free Hit: The Story of Women’s Cricket in India Suprita Das 2018 https://amzn.to/333JpWo
Enid Bakewell: Coalminer’s Daughter Simon Sweetman 2018 Not available
Women at the Wicket: A History of Women’s Cricket in Interwar England Volume 4 of Cricket Witness Adam McKie 2018 Not available
Girls of Summer: An Ashes Year with the England Women’s Cricket Team David Tossell 2016 https://amzn.to/3FXirxZ
Shaker: Run-maker, Wicket-Taker Lisa Sthalekar 2012 https://amzn.to/3eNQHjw
Perspective Ellyse Perry 2019 https://amzn.to/3JFjdCe
Captain’s File – From Peden to Haynes: Australia’s Women’s Test Cricket Captains Rob Harvey 2018 https://www.amazon.com/Captains-FIle-Haynes-Australias-Cricket/dp/1985183528
The Sport of Grace: Women’s Cricket in Victoria The beginning Betty Butcher 1984 Not available
Ice Cream with Chilli Powder: A manager’s account of a Women’s Cricket Tour of India in the 1970s Betty Butcher 1996 Not available
Cricket in Long Skirts: Women’s Cricket 1905-1916 Betty Butcher 2003 Not available
Women’s Test Cricket: The Golden Triangle 1934-84 Joan Lillian Hawes 1987 https://amzn.to/3znWfe2
Wicket Women: Cricket & Women in Australia Amanda Weaver, Richard Cashman, and Sandra Glass 1991 https://amzn.to/3JDjUvM
Women’s Cricket and Global Processes: The Emergence and Development of Women’s Cricket as a Global Game Philippa Velija 2015 https://amzn.to/31qMNdt

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