Beyond a Boundary

Beyond a Boundary (1963) is a memoir on cricket written by the Trinidadian Marxist intellectual C. L. R. James, which he described as “neither cricket reminiscences nor autobiography”. It mixes social commentary, particularly on the place of cricket in the West Indies and England, with commentary on the game, arguing that what happened inside the “Boundary Line” in cricket affected life beyond it, as well as the converse. The book is in a sense a response to a quote from Rudyard Kipling’s poem “The English Flag”: “What should they know of England who only England know?”, which James in his Preface revised to: “What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?”


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by C. L. R. James