Monthly Archives: October 2013

Writing the Landscape

I planned this piece in a Moleskine notebook. You see racks of them in most bookshops nowadays. In the late 1980s, the sole supplier died, supposedly ending the line. Their increasing scarcity had been noted by a British man, Bruce … Continue reading

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Dream Teams: The Art of the XI

At the start of Shehan Karunatilaka’s Chinaman, one of the few “cricket novels”, there’s a punch-up at a wedding over the selection of an all-time Test XI. There’s been a similar Twitter reaction recently following Wisden’s selection of theirs. As … Continue reading

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A Writing Reformation: Does Wisden Still Matter?

Flicking idly through an old Wisden, looking for a match report, I found myself in the Schools Cricket section. On one page, playing for Harrow against Eton at Lord’s in 2000, was a certain N.R.D. Compton. He was bowled by … Continue reading

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