The Barry Sinclair Story

The Barry Sinclair Story


Like a good cricketer starting an innings, broadcaster and author Bill Francis has edged towards double fi gures in his writing life. In Pursuit of Excellence – The Barry Sinclair Story is his 10th book and his fourth on cricket, following on from biographies of Tom Lowry, Sydney Smith and the co-authored publication with Ronald Cardwell, The Team that Never Played. Cricket’s Mystery Man – The Story of Sydney Gordon Smith was listed by MCC and English Cricket Society for its 2015 Book of the Year and his most recent book, Peter Montgomery – The Voice of Yachting, became the best-selling New Zealand non-fiction book.

In the 2016 New Year’s Honours, Bill Francis was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to broadcasting
and cricket.


New Zealand cricket captain, courageous and elegant batsman, brilliant fieldsman – Barry Sinclair became a byword for professionalism in an amateur era. Only the third New Zealander to pass 1000 Test runs after Bert Sutcliffe and John Reid, Sinclair, the shortest international player of his time, showed that self-made sportspeople can make it to the very top.

In Pursuit of Excellence
– The Barry Sinclair Story traverses Sinclair’s struggles to reach Test level, the accompanying stress and worry of New Zealand captaincy, and reveals his thoughts on the game and its players of the 1950s, 60s and 70s right through to the current outstanding crop. The Barry Sinclair Story also uncovers a remarkable lifetime devotion to the sport to which he’s dedicated himself.

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