Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket
by Stephen Fay and David Kynaston’
Published by Bloomsbury on 19 April 2018
Hardback | £20
‘This beautifully written social history of cricket is a pleasure to read. Arlott and Swanton, who shared a powerful romanticism and a hatred of racism and yet were such very different people, are vividly portrayed against a background of class and commercialism in cricket.’ - Mike Brearley, former captain of the England cricket team.
For more than a quarter of a century after the Second World War, as the BBC tightened its grip on the national consciousness, two of the most famous English voices were commentators on games of cricket. John Arlott and E.W. ('Jim') Swanton transformed the broadcasting of the nation’s summer game into a national institution. For any cricket follower in his fifties or older, just the mention of their names immediately evokes a flood of memories.
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