Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A new low

Well, I've just picked up a copy of The Ashes: A celebration by Roland Perry, published in 2006.

More on that later, including his presenting of libelous conspiracies as fact, but one of the chapters is a print of Roland Perry's speech for the launch of Miller's Luck. I'm quite surprised to see that there are some contradictions between the book launch and the actual book. Fancy getting errors in the preface, introduction or cover of a book!

Well, here goes. Here are the errors and self-contradictions. Good for him that he didn't use too many stats and only made general comments about the Miller personality, otherwise there would be more.

*p. 172. Perry claims that his birthday was on Miller's death, and that his dad was born on the same day as Miller, in the same year and knew each other. This is not strictly an error, but given his modus operandi, independent verification please!
*p. 173. Miller's last outing at Lord's was not the Second Test in 1956. He returned later during the tour to play the Gentlemen of England. The book has it correctly.
*p. 173. On page 9 of the same book, another chapter, Perry incorrectly says that Miller's 1944 century at Lord's was against the RAF. It was against the British Civil Defence Forces.
*p. 173. Contradicts Miller's luck (p. 37.) on Miller's height at age 20. Says 183 cm in the book launch but 182 cm in the book.
*p. 177. Miller's famous quote about pressure and the Messerschmitt is rather different to the version in the book (p. 129.)
*p. 177. In discussing Miller's innings for the RAAF against the RAF on the day after he crashed his plane, the book launch says he made 79. The book (p. 177.) says he made 78.
*p. 178. The book launch says Miller was 150 cm tall at the age of 17 and then grew 33 cm in the next year. This makes 183 cm at age 18. But earlier in the launch speech, he said Miller was 182 cm at 20!

1 comment:

David Barry said...

I think it's hilarious that you have a "Roland Perry exposed" blog, even if it doesn't have any posts yet.

This blog has good stuff in it, though I think you're a bit generous to Mark Taylor's team who were demolished in India in 1998.

Stuart's History of Cricket blog is the only other cricket blog I know of that has lots of history and book thingies in it. You two actually know how to write all proper like.