Issue 45 – out now

Managing editor Matt Thacker introduces issue 45 of the Nightwatchman

I would normally be writing here about what’s in this spring issue, and maybe say a thing or two about the glory of a Joe Root hundred on a Ranchi snakepit, but I’ve got other things to talk about this time round.

So I’ll just say that it is the usual joyous mix of writing from around the world, covering as wide a range of topics as you’ll find anywhere within 140 pages. And all connected, however tangentially, to cricket!

Right, back to business. And as the person who runs the business side of things as well as the editorial, I thought it would be worth me letting you know where we stand. It will come as no surprise to you that things are tough here. They are everywhere. For us, it has been the eye-watering increases in print, paper and postage prices that have made things particularly difficult.

We have tried, and are trying, to keep prices as low as possible for you. But what we are asking is that you help spread the word for us. To buy gift subscriptions for people that you think would like the Nightwatchman or, if that’s not possible, to suggest to like-minded friends that they might like to subscribe or buy themselves.

And to help you make that decision, if you do help us out by either buying a subscription for someone or by encouraging someone to subscribe, then we’d happily send you across a selection of goodies.

So all you have to do to get whichever of these books you would like is to email me (or call me if easier) with your name or the name of the person who will be subscribing and we’ll send them on. 

Being Geoffrey Boycott, a first and second hand account of 108 caps – Geoff Boycott and Jon Hotten

Footprints, David Foot’s Lifetime of Writing – Stephen Chalke 

Who Only Cricket Know, Hutton’s Men in the West Indies 1953-54 – David Woodhouse

Son of Grace, Frank Worrell, a biography – Vaneisa Baksh

Balls to Fly, an autobiography – Ricky Ellcock

From Lord’s to the Fjords, the saga of Icelandic Cricket – Kit Harris

Sticky Dogs and Stardust, When Cricket Legends Played in the Leagues – Scott Oliver

Summer Days Promise – Paul Edwards

Golden Summers, Personal Reflections from Cricket’s Glorious Past – various authors

Beyond The Boundaries, Travels on England Cricket Tours – Scyld Berry 

One Day at a Time, the History of One-Day Cricket in 25 Matches – David Tossell

We’d be really grateful, and it will enable us to carry on providing you with the cricket-based goodness you love.

Many thanks in advance

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