Neville Cardus writing on Cricket

Introduction by Gideon Haigh

‘Before him, cricket was reported . . . with him it was for the first time appreciated, felt, and imaginatively described’ – John Arlott

July saw the publication, to critical acclaim, of The Great Romantic, Duncan Hamilton’s new biography of the greatest cricket writer of all, who invented cricket writing as we know it: Neville Cardus.

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.

Neville Cardus wrote about cricket for many years in the then Manchester Guardian, or which he was also chief music critic. His best-loved books include Good Days and Days in the Sun. He died in 1975.

Gideon Haigh has been described as ‘our greatest living cricket writer’. His books include Mystery Spinner and The Big Ship.


July 2019
ISBN 978 1 91604 530 9
198 x 129 mm
jacketed hardback

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