Paul Routledge

‘Conversation Piece’, 1997, by Andrew Festing, Marylebone Cricket Club, featuring: Geoffrey Boycott (Yorkshire), A.P.E. Knott and D.L. Underwood (Kent); middle row, F.J. Titmus (Middlesex), R. Illingworth (Yorkshire and Leicestershire), D.L. Amiss and M.J.K. Smith (Warwickshire), front row, J.H. Edrich (Surrey) and D.B. Close (Yorkshire and Somerset); the first conversation piece is in the background

Geoffrey Boycott, the Arthur Scargill of cricket

4 October 2014 9:00 am

After 13 barren years Yorkshire is back at the top of county cricket, where Geoffrey Boycott believes it has a…

Comforting domesticity: Alan Johnson with his stepdaughter Natalie and daughter Emma

Boy, can Alan Johnson write

27 September 2014 8:00 am

Alan Johnson’s first volume of memoirs, This Boy, is still in the bestsellers’ list, but the Stakhanovite postman has made…

Not good enough

23 October 2010 12:00 am

Tony Blair gave his record in government ten out of ten, though an ungrateful electorate scored rather less well and his Cabinet colleagues performed even worse.

Straining for effect

29 September 2010 12:00 am

A saint of self-deprecation, Chris Mullin closed the first volume of his diaries A View from the Foothills ‘contemplating oblivion’ after his dismissal from ministerial office.

Cold comfort on the wolds

28 May 2005 12:00 am

Moving to a farm cottage 700ft up in the Pennines, surrounded by sheep and serenaded by curlews, and conscious of…