"This is certainly a book that many will enjoy reading and discussing."
Journal of the Cricket Society
"Great cricketers of the past are glimpsed at the crease and a selection of fine photographs fill in the background of the many dramas."
"The book cannot solve the whole of the mystery, but it does supply a very detailed account of the crucial early test matches. It also gives a wealth of biographical detail which lovers of cricket history will enjoy."
The Baptist Times
"Beautifully produced, this book tells the story of four England v Australia Test matches. It details the birth of the Ashes and looks at the personalities involved in the foundation of this great tradition."
"In an extremely well-researched and reasonably-priced book, Willis offers a plausible alternative theory of the Ashes came into being, and at the same provides graphic accounts of those memorable matches of a century ago."
Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph
"An intriguing book which will give students of cricket history much food for thought. It is a very well-researched story of the origins of the Ashes. The author examines at length the official story and various other suggestions. They make a fascinating tale."
Eastern Daily Press
"The author writes a well-researched account; a book for the cricket historian."
Sheffield Cricket Lovers' Society