Tag Archives: Literature

Capturing the Spirit: Cricket in Popular Culture

“…a revolution conducted according to the rules of cricket is an absurdity”.                  Arthur Koestler, Darkness at Noon What can the work of a Hungarian communist exile tell us about cricket? Arthur Koestler … Continue reading

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Trott and The Art of Fielding

“The problem, like most problems in life, probably had to do with his footwork”                – Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding               I’ve just finished reading Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding, both an excellent … Continue reading

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Ryszard Kapuściński: review

“To tell the truth is very difficult, and young men are rarely capable of it. They were expecting an account of how he go all fired up, forgetting himself, how he flew like a storm at the square; how he … Continue reading

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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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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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Mountains of the Mind (with apologies to Robert Macfarlane)

Zahir article number three, this time on mountains in culture. It is difficult to define what makes climbing a mountain so exhilarating. Perhaps it is simply the relief of the summit, the rest after a long slog uphill. More likely … Continue reading

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