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“Why am I not in this book?” Howard Jacobson, winner of the Man Booker Prize, wanted to know...

London Diary
London Diary
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The Turnover Metronome

“Why am I not in this book?” Howard Jacobson, winner of the Man Booker Prize, wanted to know. A small energetic man with dancing eyes, he was holding up the 149th edition of Wisden Almanack, otherwise known as the Bible of Cricket. “My contributions to English cricket have not been properly recognised,” claimed the writer who calls himself the ‘Jewish Jane Austen’ in response to being tagged the ‘English Philip Roth.’ And what contributions they were! It was by concentrating hard and lying on his right side while listening to the commentary coming in from Australia, for example, that Jacobson got a Fred Trueman or a Bob Willis to take a wicket for England. “The famous partnership of close-to-200 put together by Mike Denness and Keith Fletcher during the 1974-75 tour of...

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