The 12th Man
A master class in how to turn a crisis into a triumph was carried out by Wimbledon Bookfest last night when a last minute withdrawal by Jonathan Agnew due to ill-health became an intimate and candid discussion between Bob Willis, former England captain and fast bowler, and John Inverdale, the radio and television broadcaster.
WSM Private Client sponsored the event which ran well into extra time as the stories and anecdotes flowed in the cosy sitting room atmosphere that had descended on the Collyer Hall at Kings College School.
Bob and John chatted easily and covered ground from his early test career in 1971 to the inclusion of Monty Panesar in the forthcoming Ashes test series in Australia this winter. Most interesting were some revealing insights into some of the other cricketing hero's of the era, notably Bob's feelings about Ian Botham and Geoffrey Boycott, and in particular the story behind Botham's Ashes of 1981.
Since it was a Bookfest event, John Inverdale was asked about his best sporting book and he waxed lyrical about The Miracle of Castel di Sangro by Joe McGiniss, so put it on your shopping list as a stocking present for those sports lovers in your life.
For details of this and other bookfest events go to www.wimbledonbookfest.org.