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The Nightwatchman – Best of the First 5 Years


Special edition. Published December 2019.


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Cricket’s past is steeped in a tradition of great writing and Wisden is making sure its future will be too. The Nightwatchman is a quarterly collection of essays and long-form articles which debuted in 2013 and is available in book and e-book formats.

This bumper collection of the very best contributions from 2013-2017 is a great introduction to The Nightwatchman and a brilliant gift idea.

The Best of The First Five Years of The Nightwatchman includes:

Jon Hotten gets inside the mind of the nightwatchman (issue one, March 2013)
Tanya Aldred goes on a very personal Fred Trueman adventure (issue one, March 2013)
James Holland tracks down the spot on which Hedley Verity was killed (issue one, March 2013)
Patrick Neate reflects on the game as a revealer of character (issue one, March 2013)
Matthew Engel on his awkward relationship with Peter Roebuck (issue 12, December 2015)
Tim de Lisle on CMJ, a commentator of courtesy, clarity and decency (issue 19, September 2017)
Rahul Bhattacharya tells two stories of love and exile (issue two, June 2013)
Emma John casts her mind back to a time when England only ever lost (issue two, June 2013)
John Crace played for Hemmingford Hermits. Then suddenly realised he didn’t (issue three, September 2013)
Alex Massie delves into Douglas Jardine’s Caledonian heritage (issue four, December 2013)
Liam Herringshaw digs up the dirt on fast bowlers (issue four, December 2013)
Christian Ryan wonders what happens to a shot that nobody remembers (issue five, March 2014)
Vaneisa Baksh goes back to the roots of West Indies cricket (issue one, March 2013)
Lawrence Booth on the umbilical cord that connects Australia to England (issue six, June 2014)
Dan Waddell becomes obsessed by an unknown cricketer in Nazi Germany (issue seven, September 2014)
Tom Holland imagines KP as Achilles (issue one, March 2013)
Richard Beard on how cricket helped a war poet cope with death and destruction (issue seven, September 2014)
Charlie Connelly recreates Alfred Shaw’s heroics by the light of the midnight sun (issue eight, December 2014)
Simon Barnes explains why James Joyce is his favourite cricket writer of all (issue nine, March 2015)
Gideon Haigh wonders what to write (issue 11, September 2015)
Hugh Chevallier finds a local echo to Phillip Hughes’s death (issue 11, September 2015)
Anthony McGowan reckons he’s not good enough to be a failure (issue 12, December 2015)
Alan Tyers on his bedfellows cricket and fear (issue 14, June 2016)
Ian McMillan reveals why time runs differently in Yorkshire (Issue 13, March 2016)
Geoff Lemon says that TV can never match radio commentary (Issue 19, September 2017)
Simon Wilde discovers Ranjitsinhji’s secret family (issue 14, June 2016)
Daniel Norcross hopes dice cricket can rescue 2016 (issue 16, December 2016)
Jonathan Liew sees magic in Shane Warne’s mural (issue 18, June 2017)


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