The Test by Simon Jones named Wisden Book of the Year 2015

The Test by Simon Jones has been selected by Duncan Hamilton as the Wisden Book of the Year for 2015. 

“The Jones–Hotten partnership,” says Hamilton, “makes you feel as though you’re watching from the non-striker’s end.” 

In 2005 Simon Jones took part in what many regard as the greatest Ashes series of all time. As a devastating fast bowler in a brave young England team, Jones went toe to toe with the might of the seemingly unbeatable Australians. Over the course of 54 days, Jones experienced the greatest highs of his career – and the lowest depths. The series changed his life for ever.

In chapters that alternate between an unforgettable, insider's account of each of the five Tests and the remainder of his life, Jones presents the raw and unvarnished truth behind international sport, the joy and the sacrifice, the physical and mental cost, and the unrelenting pressure. Heroes emerge, and cricketing legends are made human.

Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack has been published every year since 1864, making Wisden 2016 the 153rd edition of an unbroken sequence.

In 1950, Wisden began including a round-up of the books published over the previous year. And since 2003, the Almanack’s book reviewer has chosen one title as the Wisden Book of the Year. The only writer to win the award twice is Duncan Hamilton. But for the 2016 edition, Hamilton swapped roles, diligently reading through the 70 or so titles that landed on his reinforced desk. His review, a major highlight of Wisden 2016, culminates in an appreciation of The Test, an account by Simon Jones – and his co-author, Jon Hotten – of Jones’s role in the triumphant Ashes series of 2005, and of his long-term struggle against injury.  

The Test by Simon Jones is published in paperback on Thursday 28th April 2016 by Yellow Jersey Press.

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