A short survey of the published writings of Sir Neville Cardus, from the Neville Cardus Archive at Lancashire County Cricket Club Library. Published by Lancashire County Cricket Club in association with Max Books, with 32 pages and illustrations.
Limited edition of 300 copies. Price £10 plus £1 postage
Profits from the book will help fund the ‘Cardus Archive’ at Lancashire County Cricket Club Library, Old Trafford.
• Cricket has a rich literature, none of its gems more brilliant than the works of Guardian-man Neville Cardus, ranging over cricket, music, and autobiography.
• Cardus: A Reader's Guide celebrates his publications chiefly in the fields of cricket and autobiography. It places them in the context of his life, and quotes typical passages to provide a flavour of the verve, elegance, humour, and breadth of reference that made up his originality.
• Critical to Cardus's style was his ability to render the game's players and settings with an artist's eye, justly giving his work the status of literature. Also remembered here are his specialist music writings to which Cardus himself attached the first importance. They too are to be savoured as both criticism and literature.
• Cardus: A Reader's Guide includes a reminiscence of Cardus by the eminent cricket writer, David Frith, and has many illustrations - in particular, a series of Cardus's own drawings, here seen for the first time. These cartoons, demonstrating another aspect of Cardus's genius, fancifully place the Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett in a variety of historical poses – an idea to which Cardus was inspired by the "man of mystery" tag that his fertile mind gave to a player who managed to mix an unsporty appearance with a great bowler's skill and cunning.
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