Mark Rowe is a history graduate from Bristol (he obtained a first in 1989) and a keen cricket lover. He has been on the committee of The Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians since 2014 to the present. He has worked as a journalist, as a sub-editor, and as a magazine editor.

He has written several books including four on cricket - ‘The Victory Tests: England v Australia 1945’ (2010), ‘The Summer Field: A History of English Cricket Since 1840’ (2016), ‘Brian Sellers: Yorkshire Tyrant’ (2017) and ‘Young Bradman’ (2018).

Mark, who had a one year working holiday in Australia in 1998, will be talking to us about his ‘Young Bradman’ book. How did Donald Bradman do it? If an uncoached small lad from a small town with no more than a keen family background in sport could do it, why hasn't anyone else?

This should be a fascinating talk during which we may find out some of the answers, from Bradman's early life, as to how he went on to become such a phenomenal batsman.

Ken Burney

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