Change of programme

Unfortunately Antonia Fraser has had to pull out of her event, the Literary Lunch on Friday 26 October. We are delighted, however, to report that legendary former England cricket captain, Mike Brearley OBE, has agreed to speak in her place. Mike entertained a large and enthusiastic audience last year with his discussion on the psychology of sporting success. This year he will be talking about the sport itself!

His latest book On Cricket is packed with all manner of cricketing anecdotes in a magnificent compilation which covers all aspects of the game, from the humorous right through to the controversial. This sparkling collection of cricketing essays presents a fascinating picture of the sport over the past (almost) half-century. Brearley has revisited some of his earlier work and this talk will offer his ‘second thoughts’, many of them more holistic and more synoptic when looked back at from the present to the past.

Everyone, from Jardine and Bradman to Cook and Chappell, is covered, as are several hot issues such as race, prejudice, and depression. Brearley has been described as ‘endlessly curious and unapologetically intellectual’. On Cricket bears that out, touching as it does on every nuance of this much-loved game – from a Socratic enquiry into the nature of sport to the relationship between sport and psychoanalysis.

To buy tickets for what promises to be a spectacular lunchtime event, please go to the booking site.

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