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

This July The Great Romantic is published, Duncan Hamilton’s new biography of the greatest cricket writer of all, who invented cricket writing as we know it: Neville Cardus.

Cardus was for many years cricket correspondent of the (then Manchester) Guardian, but wrote for a host of other publications including Wisden. Before him, cricket writing meant drybones match reports full of statistics and jargon. Cardus 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, to accompany the biography and in Ashes year, Safe Haven publishes a volume of Cardus’s 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 was for many years cricket correspondent (and chief music critic) for the then Manchester Guardian. 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 0 9932911 3 5
198 x 129 mm
jacketed hardback

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