Tom Lowry – Leader in a Thousand by Bill Francis

Tom Lowry – Leader in a Thousand, by Bill Francis

Described as the greatest character (and also possibly the richest) in New Zealand cricket history, Tom Lowry remains a seminal figure in the development of our national summer sport. This big raw-boned cricketer was our first test captain, led the first two touring teams to England and managed the third.

Before representing New Zealand he captained Cambridge University, played for Somerset and toured his home country with an MCC side.

Outside cricket he became an air force pilot at the end of the World War I, ran one of the best sheep stations and horse studs in New Zealand, and was a leading racing figure.

Prominent broadcasting leader Bill Francis, in his fifth book, captures the uniqueness of Tom Lowry in this fascinating biography.