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Written and hosted by Jon Hotten, produced and edited by James Wallace

Sponsored by Rathbones

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Written and hosted by Jon Hotten, produced and edited by James Wallace

Sponsored by Rathbones

    Cricket and Literature - LIVE at Rathbones

    Cricket and Literature - LIVE at Rathbones

    A special LIVE edition of The Nightwatchman Podcast recorded at the central London offices of our sponsors, Rathbones. 
     
    Host Jon Hotten is joined by acclaimed writers (and amateur cricketers) Sebastian Faulks and Tom Holland for a discussion about all things cricketing and literary. 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Both Sides Of The Boundary

    Both Sides Of The Boundary

    Guest: Michael Atherton
    Jon talks to Michael Atherton, a man who has held two of the great offices of the game, that of England men’s captain and cricket correspondent of the Times, a unique double, and one that he rounds off as one of Sky’s commentators.
    Plenty of former players jump across into media, but it’s hard to think of any since perhaps Richie Benaud that have embraced their second life in the way that Mike has. If he mentions his playing days its with a kind of wry smile, and perhaps that has something to do with the age in which he played? In this episode, Mike talks candidly to Jon about life on both sides of the boundary rope. 
    The Nightwatchman Podcast
    Written and hosted by Jon Hotten
    Produced and edited by James Wallace
    Sponsored by Rathbones
     

    • 39 min
    The Spirit Of Cricket

    The Spirit Of Cricket

    Guest: Mike Brearley
    Jon talks to Mike Brearley about whether there is there such a thing as the spirit of cricket? After all, if the spirit of cricket exists in our physical world, it is as a single paragraph that prefaces the current edition of the Laws of the game. And from its inception, cricket seems to have been open to different moral interpretations. Its early years saw a sport full of skulduggery, gambling and general notoriety, frowned upon by the church and the crown for filling the pubs on a Sunday. It was the Victorians who adopted it as a symbol of virtue, and Christian fair play, developing an image and language that offered the game a new kind of morality even as its empire exported British superiority around the globe. The story of cricket is still in many ways the story of empire.
    And Cricket is played by Muslims, Hindus, Christians, atheists… even by Australians. Is there a single spirit that can unite and define us all?
    Mike's book The Spirit of Cricket - Reflections on Play and Life is available here
     
    The Nightwatchman Podcast
    Written and hosted by Jon Hotten
    Produced and edited by James Wallace
    Sponsored by Rathbones

    • 51 min
    On Tour And Touring

    On Tour And Touring

    Guests: Scyld Berry and David Woodhouse
    We tend to take the concept of the tour for granted, yet is it not one of cricket’s strangest phenomena? Devised on Victorian timescales of months at sea followed by a lengthy navigation of distant lands, the notion feels increasingly at odds with modern life. So bound up is cricket with travel that the centrally contracted England player will spend no more than a couple of months each year in their own bed, producing a carbon footprint more like Orwell’s boot stamping on a human face forever.
    And yet the tour offers the game much of its romance, its exocticism, its thrill.  The variety of experience, the difference in everything from the pitches to the crowd noise, the chance to see and understand something of how the rest of the world lives and plays, offer cricket a richness that other sport don’t have.
    Much of the game’s myth making and camaraderie comes from being thrown together, a travelling circus of players, families, coaches, support staff and media. 
    In this episode Jon speaks to Scyld Berry, one of the game’s foremost writers for many decades, the Telegraph’s chief cricket correspondent and a former editor of Wisden Almanack.
    He also speaks to David Woodhouse about one tour in particular - England’s tour of West Indies in 1953/4, a tour that Len Hutton, who because the first professional to captain England overseas, said ‘shortened his career by two years’, to which the tour player/manager Charles Palmer replied, ‘I’m surprised he only said two’.
    David's book Who Only Cricket Know is available here
    Scyld's book Beyond The Boundaries is available here 
     
    The Nightwatchman Podcast
    Written and hosted by Jon Hotten
    Produced and edited by James Wallace
    Sponsored by Rathbones

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Writing About Cricket

    Writing About Cricket

    Guests: With Tanya Aldred and Vithushan Ehantharajah
    Twitter began in 2006. By 2007, it was hosting 400,000 tweets per quarter. A year later it was 100m. A year after that, it was fifty million per day, and sometimes, if Tendulkar was batting perhaps, a million or so of those were about cricket.
    Twitter, instagram, the over by over news reports and below the line comment offered new avenues for immediacy, but posed the question, how do you report on a game that the audience has been discussing in real time? In an arena when an hour sometimes feels like a year, what kind of long-form writing can prosper?
    In this episode Jon speaks to Vithushan Ehantharajah, one of the most distinctive and original voices of this new and uncertain era, as lethal with 140 characters or a David Brent meme as he can be contemplative and deeply readable over a several thousand words.
    He also talks to Tanya Aldred, one of the very best writers on the game since she began in 1996, about her early experiences as a female cricket writer, the culture of the press box and whether cricket is yet to have its #MeToo moment.
     
    The Nightwatchman Podcast
    Written and hosted by Jon Hotten
    Produced and edited by James Wallace
    Sponsored by Rathbones

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Talking About... Talking About Cricket

    Talking About... Talking About Cricket

    Guests: Daniel Norcross and Isabelle Westbury
    Long before the game was written about it’s safe to say it was talked about. There’s something about cricket’s ruminative spaces that allows room for language, and the language through which we understand the game grew as it was spoken about on radio and written about in newspapers and books. It’s very hard to divide the two, and they have become even more entwined in the age of social media. The voice was once homogenised, a BBC sort of language that nonetheless offered a framework we could all understand.
    Now the range of voices are dizzying, from the terrifying banter of the ex-pros lined up in the channel seven Big Bash booth to the rise of the home podcaster. All you need to get your opinion on the air is a microphone and an internet connection – and that is a great, democratising force.
    Jon and guests explore how we talk about the game and what that actually means, and what implications it has for how we understand and interpret cricket.
     
    The Nightwatchman Podcast
    Written and hosted by Jon Hotten
    Produced and edited by James Wallace
    Sponsored by Rathbones

    • 1 hr 10 min

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