Cricket and Literature

Place of Execution: Val McDermid’s fleeting connection with cricket

The very first paragraph reads: “It was in Buxton, after all, that snow once stopped play in a county cricket match in June.” Can a true aficionado of books and cricket put the volume down after that?

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Laurie Lee knocked out by beer bottle during a Test match

Laurie Lee, famous English poet, novelist, and screenwriter, had chosen the wrong day to watch cricket.

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Excerpts from an unusual 1891 Indian cricket book

The author, Mohammad Abdullah Khan, had promised to ‘entertain’ the readers. He did a good job at it.

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Savukshaw, Rohinton Mistry’s “greatest [cricketer] of them all”

Thanks to Savukshaw, things took such unusual proceedings that MCC’s annual ball budget took a serious toll.

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Rupert Brooke: The cricketing connections of the youthful poet

Apart from cricket, Rupert Brooke was also more than competent at rugby.

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson: The grandfather of an England captain did not know much about the game

Lord Tennyson knew that there was bowling, and something called stumping, involved in cricket, but...

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Lord Byron’s poetic trysts with cricket

Eton won the match against Lord Byron’s Harrow and followed it with a poem to rub it in. Byron rose to the challenge.

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning and her cricketing notes

There is evidence to suggest that Elizabeth Barrett Browning played a bit of cricket at Colwall Green, under the Malvern Hills.

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Rood leer op wilgenhout: One of the most unusual cricket books

The foreword makes this a truly incredible volume. It is by none other than AB de Villiers.

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George Orwell’s wrath about cricket and war

George Orwell drew firm boundaries between cricket and war in a scathing letter.

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