Cardus on Cricket (Paperback)

Neville Cardus

Sir Neville Cardus was a literary writer whose subject happened to be cricket, and Cardus on Cricket is a representative selection of the best of Cardus's writing on one of the world's favourite sports.

Included are the imaginative reconstruction of the 1882 England and Australia test match to Cardus's descriptions of village cricket, accounts of the great players that Cardus watched play (from Donald Bradman and Harold Larwood to Wally Hammond) to examples of his 'Shastbury' writings.
Chosen and introduced by Sir Rupert Hart-Davis, Cardus on Cricket features a range of writings from 'Cricket', 'Days in the Sun', 'The Summer Game', 'Good Days', 'Australian Summer' and 'The Manchester Guardian'.

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£14.99

ISBN: 9780285622845

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Humour & Gift, Reference

Cardus on Cricket (Ebook)

Neville Cardus

Sir Neville Cardus was a literary writer whose subject happened to be cricket, and Cardus on Cricket is a representative selection of the best of Cardus's writing on one of the world's favourite sports.

Included are the imaginative reconstruction of the 1882 England and Australia test match to Cardus's descriptions of village cricket, accounts of the great players that Cardus watched play (from Donald Bradman and Harold Larwood to Wally Hammond) to examples of his 'Shastbury' writings.
Chosen and introduced by Sir Rupert Hart-Davis, Cardus on Cricket features a range of writings from 'Cricket', 'Days in the Sun', 'The Summer Game', 'Good Days', 'Australian Summer' and 'The Manchester Guardian'.

Publication date: 01/02/2012

£5.99

ISBN: 9780285641013

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B0081RLJZO

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Humour & Gift, Reference

Reviews for Cardus on Cricket

'For any person, irrelevant whether he knows a thing about cricket or not, this book will remain a treasure. A must buy for any cricket fanatic and a must read for any lover of fine writing.'

 The Wicket Post

'I would certainly suppose that his works are read by a wider range of differing tastes than any other cricket writer before or since and by many for the scholarship as much as for the subject matter.'

Ian Peebles Guardian

'A must for the library of anyone who appreciates either cricket, or the English language.'

 Financial Times

Neville Cardus

Neville Cardus

Sir John Frederick Neville Cardus, CBE (2 April 1888 – 28 February 1975) was an English writer and critic.

From an impoverished home background, and mainly self-educated, he became the Manchester Guardian's cricket correspondent in 1919 and its chief music critic in 1927, holding the two posts simultaneously until 1940. His contributions to these two distinct fields in the years before the Second World War established his reputation as one of the foremost critics of his generation.

Cardus's approach to cricket writing was innovative, turning what had previously been largely a factual form into vivid description and criticism; he is considered by contemporaries to have influenced every subsequent cricket writer. Cardus's opinions and judgments were often forthright and unsparing, which sometimes caused friction. Nevertheless, his personal charm and gregarious manner enabled him to form lasting friendships in the cricketing and musical worlds, with among others Newman, Sir Thomas Beecham and Sir Donald Bradman.

Cardus spent the Second World War years in Australia, where he wrote for The Sydney Morning Herald and gave regular radio talks. He also wrote books on music, and completed his autobiography. After his return to England he resumed his connection with the Manchester Guardian as its London music critic. He continued to write on cricket, and produced books on both his specialisms.

Cardus's work was publicly recognised by his appointment as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1964 and the award of a knighthood in 1967, while the music and cricket worlds acknowledged him with numerous honours.

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