The Big Ship Gideon Haigh

ISBN: 9781854108920



The Big Ship  by  Gideon Haigh

The Big Ship by Gideon Haigh
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Gideon Clifford Jeffrey Davidson Haigh (born 29 December 1965) is an English-born Australian journalist, who writes about sport (especially cricket) and business. He was born in London, raised in Geelong, and now lives in Melbourne.Haigh began his career as a journalist, writing on business for The Age newspaper from 1984 to 1992 and for The Australian from 1993 to 1995. He has since contributed to over 70 newspapers and magazines,[2] both on business topics as well as on sport, mostly cricket.

He wrote regularly for The Guardian during the 2006-07 Ashes series and has featured also in The Times and the Financial Times.Haigh has authored 19 books and edited seven more. Of those on a cricketing theme, his historical works includes The Cricket War and Summer Game, his biographies The Big Ship (of Warwick Armstrong) and Mystery Spinner (of Jack Iverson), the latter pronounced The Cricket Societys Book of the Year, short-listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year and dubbed a classic by The Sunday Times-[3] anthologies of his writings Ashes 2005 and Game for Anything, as well as Many a Slip, the humorous diary of a club cricket season, and The Vincibles, his story of the South Yarra Cricket Club, of which he is life member and perennate vice-president and for whose newsletter he has written about cricket the longest.

He has also published several books on business-related topics, such as The Battle for BHP, Asbestos House (which dilates the James Hardie asbestos controversy) and Bad Company, an examination of the CEO phenomenon. He mostly publishes with Aurum Press.Haigh was appointed editor of the Wisden Cricketers Almanack Australia for 1999–2000 and 2000–01.

Since March 2006, he has been a regular panellist on the ABC television sports panel show Offsiders. He was also a regular co-host on The Conversation Hour with Jon Faine on 774 ABC Melbourne until near the end of 2006.Haigh has been known to be critical of what he regards as the deification of Sir Donald Bradman and the cynical exploitation of his name by the mediocre and the greedy.[4] He did so in a September 1998 article in Wisden Cricket Monthly, entitled Sir Donald Brandname.

Haigh has been critical of Bradmans biographer Roland Perry, writing in The Australian that Perrys biography was guilty of glossing over or ignoring anything to Bradmans discredit.[4]Haigh won the John Curtin Prize for Journalism in the Victorian Premiers Literary Awards in 2006[5] for his essay Information Idol: How Google is making us stupid,[6] which was published in The Monthly magazine.

He asserted that the quality of discourse could suffer as a source of informations worth is judged by Google according to its previous degree of exposure to the status quo. He believes the pool of information available to those using Google as their sole avenue of inquiry is inevitably limited and possibly compromised due to covert commercial influences.He blogged on the 2009 Ashes series for The Wisden Cricketer.[7]On 24 October 2012 he addressed the tenth Bradman Oration in Melbourne.

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