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Women's Prize and Headingley Ghosts

Wed 17th Apr 13

The shortlist for the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) has thrown up some familiar names and a couple of surprises. It's been a particularly satisfying week for Zadie Smith, who has not only been shortlisted for N.W. but also named as one of Granta's Best Young Novelists (and congratulations go to Yorkshire's own Ross Raisin on his inclusion). Other WPF nominees include Barbara Kingsolver for Flight Behaviour, the inevitable Hilary Mantel for Bring Up the Bodies, A.M. Homes for May We Be Forgiven and newcomer Maria Semple with Where'd You Go, Bernadette.

Our fingers are crossed, however, for Kate Atkinson and Life After Life. We've all read it, we all loved it, and we had a great event here with Kate on the day after publication. Good Luck! More details available from

Cricket is a game haunted by tragedy - the writer David Frith has documented and explored the sport's unusually high instance of suicide in his two great books, By His Own Hand and Silence of the Heart, both sadly unavailable as I write, and now Mick Pope has produced Headingley Ghosts - A Collection of Yorkshire Cricket Tragedies. Statistician, archivist, author and long-standing Yorkshire CCC member, Pope has produced a dark collection of sixty biographies covering the tragic episodes in Yorkshire's history, from the famous names like David Bairstow, Roy Kilner and Bobby Peel to the lesser-known players such as John Thewlis, "Little Jimmy" Dearman and Irving Washington.

It really is a fascinating book, and anyone reading it may well be inspired to visit Yeadon Cemetery, where no fewer than eight of Yorkshire's 19th century players are buried.

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