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The Fifth Neville Cardus Lunch at Emirates Old Trafford

The Fifth Neville Cardus Lunch at Emirates Old Trafford

The Fifth Neville Cardus Lunch will take place on Wednesday April 5th 2017 in the Club Suite at Emirates Old Trafford.

The Lunch is an annual event designed to help keep alive the name of Sir Neville and his writings. It will also help further promote the Archive which is developing strongly. At last year’s lunch we had over 45 people attending to listen to WG Grace's latest biographer, Richard Tomlinson.

This year’s Lunch will take place at Emirates Old Trafford on Wednesday April 5th in the Club suite in the Pavilion.

We are delighted to have as our guest speaker this year the multi-award-winning sports writer and journalist, Duncan Hamilton, who can look across a writing career in which he has proved equally at home in cricket and football, as well as in the arts of biography; Brian Clough, Harold Larwood, and George Best have all featured amongst his subjects. His achievements speak for themselves. He has twice won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award and has been nominated for it on four further occasions. He has also won two Wisden Book of the Year prizes and two British Sports Book Awards. His study, "For the Glory", a biography of the athlete and missionary Eric Liddell, came out last year and became a New York Times bestseller. His latest work, "The Kings of Summer", is due out in April and focuses on the climax to the 2016 cricket season; Duncan tells us that the new book features Neville Cardus heavily, so Duncan's participation this year is particularly welcome and opportune.

The Lunch, at 12 noon for 12.30pm, will be open for anyone to book (£35) although we will be limiting places so please book early. We hope to have between 40-50 people. We are also hoping to see our Patrons, representatives of Lancashire CCC & the Hallé. It will be a three course meal plus coffee, to a special menu. (Please tell us if you would like a vegetarian option.)

There will inevitably be some informal reflections and reminiscences of Neville over the meal, as well as the opportunity to see some of our archival material and to contribute ideas for the Archive’s further development.

We are very pleased to announce that Sir Michael Parkinson, no mean cricketer and writer on the game himself, has agreed to be a Patron of the Archive and hopes to speak at next year's lunch.

We ourselves have already produced four books from the Archive’s now extensive resources, the latest of them “Neville Cardus Reflects: Pages from a Writer’s Notebook & Correspondence”, consisting of 60 illustrated pages of Cardus’s reminiscences and reflections on his life and his craft – most of this previously unpublished material taken from a Notebook kept by Neville from 1949 to 1951. We are now working on a new study which we hope to have available later this year, focusing on the last decade of Neville’s life, with a look too at some of the other splendid cricket writers of Neville’s time, their own writings, and their relationships with Neville himself.

We do hope you will be able to join us on what should be another memorable occasion.

If you would like to attend, please email Rev. Malcolm Lorimer via email on maxcricket@btinternet.com

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