Lord Hawke

Some guy in a loud blazer?  Right?  Yes, but mostly no, actually.

Meet Martin Bladen Hawke, 7th Baron Hawke of Towton.  If you love cricket this guy - for all his faults - ought to be one of your heroes, big time.  

Hawke was the embodiment of Yorkshire cricket of over half a century, and together with WG Grace and Lord Harris, one of the founding fathers of the modern game.

Hawke, more than any other man was responsible for advancing the cause of the professional cricketer at home.  Abroad, he became the great exporter of the game he loved.

Controversy dogged him always.  In 1997 he sacked Bobby Peel, the legendary left-arm spin bowler, for drunkenness.  In 1899 he unaccountably passed over his friend and county vice-captain, FS Jackson, for the England captaincy. Hawke was the man who went down in history for publicly pronouncing ‘Pray God, no professional shall captain England.’


“The Odysseus of cricket.”


I wrote this book for two reasons: 

One, to try and get to the heart of the legend.  Not everybody thinks I succeeded, but then everybody has their own version of Hawke:  ogre or patron, upper-class fool, or visionary.  People should take their pick...

Two, nobody had written a book about Hawke (there are books aplenty about WG, and my father wrote a biography of the third founding father, Lord Harris).


“Lord Hawke:  A Cricketing Biography” was published by Crowood Press [1990]

ISBN 1-85223-305-2

And republished in paperback by Taurus Parke as

 “Lord Hawke:  A Cricketing Legend” [2003]

ISBN 1-86064-823-1