Cardus Undimmed: The Last Decade

Cardus Undimmed, a limited edition of 250 copies, is a retrospect of Neville Cardus's last decade (1965-75) in which his mind and pen remained as vigorous as ever. Writing was his passion to the end.

Spiced with vignettes of cricketers (and musicians) whom Cardus is here remembering for the last time, often memorialising them: champagne batting and modesty from Stan McCabe; Herbert Sutcliffe, almost inhumanly imperturbable; the jester Cec Parkin; the dour antagonism emanating from Master Bowlers Sydney Barnes and Wilfred Rhodes, for whom cricket "just ain't fun".

These vignettes and many others intersperse Part 1, the core of which comes from a number of extended themes: Lancashire's cricketing renaissance under Jack Bond — and Cardus's pride in it as LCCC President; an engaging remembrance of Cardus by the eminent journalist, Elizabeth Grice; the sustaining friendship between Neville Cardus and his fellow music-critic giant, Michael Kennedy; Constantine, Worrell and the development of West Indian cricket and identity; and a dozen letters to Neville from the great operatic soprano, Lotte Lehmann, published here for the first time.

Part 2 of Cardus Undimmed focuses exclusively on six cricket writers: Cardus himself; John Arlott; Raymond Robertson-Glasgow; CLR James; EW Swanton; and CB Fry. Their individual styles and their personal relations with Cardus and each other are explored through a series of essays celebrating the grand tradition.

Contents
Elizabeth Grice Remembers Neville Cardus
Part 1: Ah, The Years, The Years

  • Chapter 1: Cardus Knighted; Michael & Neville, a Mancunian Musical Friendship
  • Chapter 2: The Pinnacle: President of an Ascendant Lancashire
  • Chapter 3: Cardus the Obituarist & Celebrant in Demand
  • (Woolley's 80th, and recollections of Hammond and Robertson-Glasgow; Woodfull, Mailey, McCabe; Leyland and Robinson; and "The Unique Sydney Barnes")
  • Chapter 4: Musical Interlude (including Barbirolli, Boult, Szell, Sargent)
  • Chapter 5: "Full Score" and the Lotte Lehmann Letters
  • Chapter 6: The Passing of Worrell and Constantine
  • Chapter 7: Cardus, Star of Television & Radio; Cecil Parkin and the Cardus Touch
  • Chapter 8: End Game (Sutcliffe's 80th; obituaries of Klemperer, Rhodes, Holmes, Freeman, Duckworth, Strudwick, Hallows, and Sir Neville Cardus)
  • Epilogue to Part 1: Michael Kennedy and the World of Cardus

    Part 2: Cricket Writers: Cardus and Five More

  • Chapter 1: Cardus and the Grand Tradition
  • Chapter 2: John Arlott, the Individual Everyman
  • Chapter 3: Robertson-Glasgow, Miniaturist Supreme
  • Chapter 4: CLR James & the Caribbean Factor
  • Chapter 5: EW Swanton: A Most Exact Chronicler
  • Chapter 6: The Strange Case of Charles Burgess Fry

    Cardus Undimmed is the fifth publication to come from the Neville Cardus Archive, joining My Dear Michael, The Elusive Mr Cardus, Cardus: a Reader's Guide, and Neville Cardus Reflects: a Writer's Notebook — see below for details of how to buy these titles.

    All proceeds from the sale of all these books go to the Lancashire C.C.C. Library at Emirates Old Trafford.

    PRICE
    Price £10.00 inc. postage per book (UK postal addresses only).

    HOW TO BUY

    1. By post: Send a cheque for £10.00 made payable to Lancashire CCC and send to: Max Books, Epworth House, 34 Wellington Road, Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 7BX.

    2. Online — click on the PayPal button and follow the online instructions. All online purchases are forwarded by us to Lancashire County Cricket Club.

    OTHER CARDUS BOOKS AVAILABLE
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    1.My Dear Michael
    Cricketing and other extracts from Neville Cardus's letters to Michael Kennedy, 1959-74.

    Price £5.00 inc postage (UK postal addresses only)
    HOW TO BUY

    1. By post: Send a cheque for £5.00 made payable to Lancashire CCC and send to: Max Books, Epworth House, 34 Wellington Road, Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 7BX.

    2. Online — click on the PayPal button and follow the online instructions. All online purchases are forwarded by us to Lancashire County Cricket Club.

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    2.The Elusive Mr. Cardus
    Letters and other writings of Nevile Cardus 1916-1975.

    Price £7.50 inc postage (UK postal addresses only)
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    3.Cardus: A Reader's Guide
    with cartoons by Neville Cardus and a reminiscence by David Frith.

    Price £7.50 inc postage (UK postal addresses only)
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    2. Online — click on the PayPal button and follow the online instructions. All online purchases are forwarded by us to Lancashire County Cricket Club.

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    4.Neville Cardus Reflects
    Pages from a Writer's Notebook and Correspondance.

    Price £7.50 inc postage (UK postal addresses only)
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