A quality bat is surely the most treasured and coveted item in an international cricketer's coffin, and in Slazenger's V600 Ultimate, impressionable left-handers and stickler right-handers alike have found common ground.
Luke Alfred's book about South Africa's failure at World Cups represents the first in-depth attempt to tackle the topic, writes Julia Harris.
The autobiography of former England wicketkeeper-batsman Paul Nixon is thought-provoking, honest and engaging, writes Peter May.
The late, great Brian Johnston's son has brought together the schoolboy humour and excruciating jokes which probably work a little better in context and in the company of the man himself, writes Tim Ellis.
Former England batsman Ed Smith argues with erudition that the forces of randomness have much to do with a player's future paths in sport, or even life.