28 Nov, 12pm – Michael Henderson

Michael Henderson is a well-known writer on sport, and the arts. Elegiac and affectionate, Henderson’s book That will be England Gone celebrates not only the fascinating game of cricket but also music, literature, architecture and the English landscape.

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Filled with infectious nostalgia and hugely entertaining anecdotes, Michael Henderson’s "That Will Be England Gone" is a paean to English cricket and the context in which it is played.                                                                                                                 Through it, Henderson revisits much-loved places to see how the game he grew up with has changed since the day in 1965 that he saw the great fast bowler Fred Trueman in his pomp. He watches schoolboys at Repton, club cricketers at Ramsbottom, and professionals on the festival grounds of Chesterfield, Cheltenham and Scarborough. The rolling English road takes him to Leicester for T20, to Lord’s for the most ceremonial Test match, and to Taunton to watch an old cricketer leave the crease for the last time. He is enchanted at Trent Bridge, surprised at the Oval, and troubled at Old Trafford.                                                                                              There are memories of friendships with Ken Dodd, Harold Pinter and Simon Rattle, and the book is coloured throughout by a love of landscape, poetry, paintings and music. Michael will be in conversation with Jonathan Manners, Chief Producer and Artistic Director of the BBC Singers.

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