A Field of Tents and Waving Colours : Neville Cardus Writing on Cricket
Neville Cardus wrote about cricket for many years in the (then Manchester) Guardian, but also for a host of other publications. Before him, cricket writing meant drybones match reports full of statistics and circumlocution. Cardus, however, wrote about the event: the sylvan ground, the grace of a perfectly executed cover drive, the emotion of watching Victor Trumper in full flow.
Now, in Ashes year and the centenary of Cardus’s first piece on cricket, Safe Haven publishes a volume of his best cricket writings.
Here is Cardus on Don Bradman, Victor Trumper, Denis Compton and Richie Benaud, at Roses matches and the arcadian cricket festival at Dover beneath Shakespeare Cliff, seeing the Australians defeated at Eastbourne – and of course at the home of cricket, Lord’s.
A handsome small hardback with retro cover illustration, here is a book for every lover of fine writing on the Summer Game.