"A Sky-Blue Life" is a cricket novel, first published in 1956, about a Test Match between England and Australia. It is widely considered to be one of the best examples of its genre, written by a distinguished author of the day and combining cricketing authenticity with the novelist's depth of human insight.The scene is in Melbourne, Australia, where an imaginary post-Hutton England Test team is faced with a second innings total of 473 runs to make in eight hours in order to win the match, or bat out four sessions to hold on for a draw. And because cricketers are human beings like everyone else, the captain's calculated decision to go for the runs forces each of them to reveal, by his response, the truth about his character. Over by over the tension mounts, the wickets fall and both captains use every tactical trick in the book. If skipper Driffield has made the right judgment, England will secure the Ashes in the most crushing style. If he has got it wrong, he will be ridiculed and humiliated."Coldspring Editions" is a new imprint dedicated to the reissuing of some of the best writing, fiction and non-fiction, about cricket.
Maurice Moiseiwitsch was born in Odessa in 1914. His family came to England in 1921. At the age of 20 he began writing the Mr Penny series of stories, which were widely anthologised, dramatised for the stage and broacast. After studying for the Bar, he became a full-time witer. His novels include Comrade Souvarin, The Sleeping Tiger and She, The Accused, the latter, in its day, a significant contribution to the argument against capital punishment. He died in 1972. His cricket novel, A SKY-BLUE LIFE, is now reissued (October 2006) fifty years after its first publication to celebrate its own half-century and to mark the popular and exciting Ashes series of 2005.