Ed Wright

Ed Wright

Ed Wright is a writer and cultural critic. He has also written six books of popular history, of which the most recent is Rebel Leaders (2012).

Ed Wright reviews 'Chinaman' by Shehan Karunatilaka

October 2012, no. 345 26 September 2012
Ed Wright reviews 'Chinaman' by Shehan Karunatilaka
 Test cricket and the novel are two pinnacles of modern cultural achievement, long-haul enterprises of intricacy and complexity. Why, then, have the two rarely intersected? It is especially strange given that cricket has arguably had more books devoted to it than has any other sport. Literary-minded cricket lovers will rhapsodise over the prose style of C.L.R. James or the nostalgic elegance ... (read more)

Ed Wright reviews 'The Remnants' by John Hughes

July–August 2012, no. 343 09 July 2012
Ed Wright reviews 'The Remnants' by John Hughes
The esteemed critic and lecturer Don Anderson once told me that Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past was a book you shouldn’t read until you were over forty. Still in my twenties at the time, hungry for erudition, I was annoyed and set out to read the book, only to put it down even more irritated some time later, thinking, If that boy calls out to his mother one more time, I’ll scream. Readin ... (read more)