About the Product
The last two decades have seen a civil war inside MCC over the future of Lord’s, though the club’s membership have largely been kept in the dark. On the one side, the MCC establishment; on the other, the property developer Charles Rifkind, who bought the rights to develop the railway tunnels under the ground’s Nursery End from under the noses of MCC. Rifkind’s audacious purchase led to two decades of frustration, as MCC rebuffed his attempts to bring the ‘Home of Cricket’ into the twenty-first century. It is a saga that saw the cricketing establishment take sides in an increasingly acrimonious conflict, which played out in furious debates behind the closed Grace Gates. With a cast list that includes a former prime minister, several England Test captains, leaders of finance and industry and committed agitators amongst the MCC membership, The Covers Are Off reveals a bitter struggle between the guardians of tradition and a new order intent on change.
Limited Edition Being Geoffrey Boycott Books (108 Tests and 100th Hundred):
These items are usually dispatched the next working day, via Royal Mail Recorded 1st class delivery. A signature is required upon receipt. Please allow 2-4 working days (2-6 days in December) for delivery within the UK.
Books produced by Fairfield Books (Being Geoffrey Boycott, The Legend of Sparkhill, Summer Days Promise, Who Only Cricket Know, Beyond the Boundaries, Golden Summers, Cricketers’ Who’s Who 2022 and 2021, The Official History of the Cricket World Cup):
These items are usually dispatched the next working day, via Royal Mail 1st class. Please allow 2-4 working days (2-6 days in December) for delivery within the UK. Global shipping is via MHI Priority (untracked) and typically takes 6-10 days. Orders for UK delivery including more than one item may be sent 2nd class – if this is the case, delivery may take 1-2 days longer.
All other books (The Covers Are Off: Civil War at Lord’s and It’s Always Summer Somewhere: A Matter of Life and Cricket):
UK orders are usually dispatched the next working day, via Royal Mail 48. You can expect to receive your order within 3-5 working days.
You will receive an email with tracking information on the day of dispatch.
Global shipping is available, sent via Royal Mail International Signed For. The delivery time varies depending on the region, but typically takes 5-7 working days.
The shipping cost for international orders is calculated at checkout, based on your delivery address.
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