A Breathless Hush


Doggart, HubertRayvern Allen, David

26/04/2007 | Paperback |

ISBN: 9780413775917

About A Breathless Hush

'This collection can rightly be described as a celebration' The Observer

Preface by Lord Alexander of Weedon

Foreword by Sir Tim Rice

Hailed by The Times as one of the finest cricket books of 2004, A Breathless Hush contains verse written by the great exponents of the game, covering a period of over 250 years from its infancy up to the present day.

The selection features the cricketing reflections of famous celebrants of the game ranging from P. G. Wodehouse, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and E. V. Lucas, to Francis Thompson and Neville Cardus. It is certain to please all tastes, from the serious to the satirical, and will be a worthy addition to the bookshelves of cricket lovers of all ages.

Published in Methuen's MCC Cricket Library series, this collection of the best verse celebrating the game of cricket includes several previously unpublished works.


David Rayvern Allen

David Rayvern Allen was for many years a successful BBC Radio producer as well as a prolific author whose biography of the  great cricket writer and broadcaster John Arlott won critical acclaim and remains the seminal work on Arlott’s life. A member of M.C.C. and a Londoner by birth, his descriptive prose illuminates Nick Botting’s paintings brilliantly. This book is their first collaboration and their respective contributions make Living With London a book worthy of the great city.


Hubert Doggart

Hubert Doggart


'This collection can rightly be described as a celebration...'


The Observer


'No other sport lends itself so lyrically, lovingly, and occasionally ludicrously, to this game of ritual and contemplation. All the moods are captured here, from the pastoral, intellectual and romantic to the comic...This is a book full of pleasures and surprises.'

Western Daily Press


'A rich bespoke treasury of cricket poetry...a sumptuous Semprini selection: old ones, new ones, loved ones, neglected ones'

The Spectator


'If you like rhyming verse with a steady metre and you enjoy cricket, you're almost sure to find something you enjoy in this collection'

The Independent on Sunday


'An excellent present for the cricket lover who has everything – and extremely useful for all those moments when rain stops play'

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