26th May: Chennai S. Kings v Mumbai I, 14:30 GMT
24th-28th May: 2nd Test, Headingley
“Cricket.. has all that life affords. Almost every aspect is touched upon in this delightful collection. It is the product of wide reading, deep interest and a versatile mind.”
There are many cricket anthologies but All in a Day’s Cricket is an anthology with a unique approach. It takes everything that goes into making a day’s play and selects cricket writing from the 18th century to the present day to illustrate it. It has 22 different sections each one of which deals with a different aspect of a day’s cricket.
There are contributions from John Arlott, Neville Cardus, CLR James and EV Lucas; Marcus Trescothick writes on his introduction to cricket aged three; Angus Fraser on meeting Nelson Mandela; Phil Tufnell on being shanghaied into getting a haircut by Mike Gatting and Rachel Heyhoe Flint on being the first woman to step onto the Lord’s ground as a player. We also hear from the unsung heroes of the game – the spectators, umpires, scorers and others.
However it is the cricket itself and the outstanding players and their achievements that remain the focus of the book – the greats of the recent and distant past involved in some of their most famous exploits. This is a collection that does full justice to the extraordinary breadth, diversity and enduring fascination of the greatest game in the world.
Brian Levison has published three collections of poetry and his poems have also appeared in The Cricketer. His work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and Radio 3 and several texts have been set to music. Other books include a compilation of musical anecdotes Classical Music’s Strangest Concerts and Characters (Robson Books 2007). He is also an environmental activist and in 2006 he founded the Award-winning East Oxford Farmers’ & Community Market. His grandson plays cricket at county level in his age group (13).
Publication date: 20th September
Price (hardback & e-pub): £20