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Meeting an old friend

Yesterday I met up with an old school friend whom I last saw some four years ago. He is a distinguished biographer of James Boswell and Hugh Trevor Roper, now working on a biography of John Le Carre. This must be a fascinating work as the author, like Daphne du Maurier, is a semi-recluse and has severed himself from the literary world. Such biographies demand massive research and time, but the reward is disproportionately low financially. Such is the publishing world that a biography of a B-list celebrity would greatly outsale any work of proper scholarship. Book pages are shrinking in all newspapers and I despair for the nation’s literacy.

I  was interested to learn from my friend that in the 1860s there was an aboriginal cricket tour, the team playing the MCC and then a House of  Lords side. A Times leader took the view that cricket could educate the aboriginal, a patrician attitude that extended in cricket 100 years on and was perhaps responsible for the MCC losing its moral authority over cricket and power transferring to the sub continent.

About Tom Hollingworth

Tom Hollingsworth is a former deputy sports editor of the Daily Express. For many years he worked in a sports agency, representing mainly football players and motor racing drivers. Tom holds a private pilot’s licence and flying is his principal recreation. More Posts