About The Nightwatchman

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 March 2013 and is available in book and e-book formats. The first 14 editions are on sale now, running to 140 pages each of print that’s packed with quality writing – just click here for more details. Issue 14 was published in June 2016.


Co-edited by Anjali Doshi and Tanya Aldred, and with Matt Thacker as managing editor, The Nightwatchman features an array of authors from around the world, writing beautifully and at length about the game and its myriad offshoots. Contributors are given free rein over subject matter and length, escaping the pressures of next day deadlines and the despair of cramming heart and soul into a few paragraphs.


Contributors so far include Dileep Premachandran, David Foot, Gideon Haigh, James Holland, Suresh Menon, Patrick Neate, Alex Massie, Liam Herringshaw, Anjali Doshi, Rob Smyth, Rahul Bhattacharya, John Crace, David Tossell, Aakash Chopra, Alan Tyers, Mark Rice-Oxley, Jonathan Wilson, Anand Vasu, Vaneisa Baksh, Andy Zaltzman, Nicholas Hogg, Scott Oliver, Peter Della Penna, Marcus Berkmann, Osman Samiuddin, Richard Hobson, Tom Holland, Isa Guha, Jon Hotten, Rob Steen, Robert Winder, Amol Rajan, Jarrod Kimber, Christian Ryan, Tanya Aldred, Matthew Engel, Ed Smith, Kate Laven, Charlie Connelly, Daniel Harris, Patrick Kidd, Harry Pearson, Martin Crowe, Mike Marqusee, Michael Henderson, Dan Waddell, Tony Cozier, Adam Chadwick, Jonathan Liew, Ivo Tennant, Rob Bagchi, Huw Turbevill, Ali Mitchell, Geoff Lemon, Alec Swann, Anthony McGowan, Nathan Leamon and Joe Wilson.


But is it really any good you ask? The Guardian, via their acclaimed cricket column, The Spin, says so right here. The Independent seems to agree here. And these folk also love it:

The Nightwatchman is a triumph. Left-field, laugh-out-loud funny and highly intelligent. A gem.” Ed Smith

Refreshing and original. It looks beautiful and contains great writing about the greatest of games.” Sir Tim Rice

The Nightwatchman is superb in both content and design. It’s a big boost for serious (but not solemn) cricket-writing.” Mike Marqusee

In an age of instant comment, it’s heartening to hear it for elegant, witty, long-form cricket prose.” Lawrence Booth, Wisden Almanack editor