Almanac Books: Bernard Whimpress talks about Wisden



Join Bernard Whimpress on Tuesday, 6 July at 11am in the Hetzel Room of the Institute Building, Adelaide  for his next talk for the Friends of the State Library’s long-running Books in My Life series.


Bernard will be addressing just one book – Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack – and will cover not only the book’s history since 1864 but how his reading of it has changed since he first dipped into its pages at the age of twelve.


He first gave this talk to the Adelaide Club in 1996 but this expanded version is illustrated as well.


The event is free but you need to register so please do so via the State Library or Friends of the State Library websites under Events.


If you don’t know where the Institute Building is you should, as it’s the oldest on Adelaide’s cultural precinct and is located on the corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue across the road from the War Memorial.


Bernard will be kicking in for lunch, most likely at the University Club so join that as well.






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About Bernard Whimpress

Freelance historian (mainly sport) who has just written his 40th book. Will accept writing commissions with reasonable pay. Among his most recent books are George Giffen: A Biography, The Towns: 100 Years of Glory 1919-2018, Joe Darling: Cricketer, Farmer, Politician and Family Man (with Graeme Ryan) and The MCC Official Ashes Treasures (5th edition).


  1. Bernard Whimpress says

    Many thanks for the post, John
    In putting it together I see I wrote I’d be ‘kicking in’ for lunch. Lest that be construed as meaning that I’d be shouting everyone I won’t. What I meant to say was that I’d be ‘kicking on’. I trust this amendment won’t result in mass cancellations.

  2. Any chance of a Zoom link Bernard?
    Haven’t looked at a Wisden in 20 years but long adolescent meanderings through the intricacies of Minor Counties; Oxford v Cambridge etc etc. The Cricketers of the Year pen pix and the articles were the real highlights. But it always seemed like a pamphlet with 400 pages of appendices. The COY tradition of once in a lifetime always seemed strange. How could Viv or Murali or DK or Greg not be COY in a year they dominated? Strange pommy upper class traditions of snobbery mixed with noblesse oblige’.
    I have spent a lifetime wondering who, what and why I Zingari was.

  3. Bernard Whimpress says

    Thanks Peter
    I’ll investigate what I can do re Zoom.

  4. Hi Bernard, I sure wish I had been able to attend. My current health problems unfortunately keep me at home most of the time. I really enjoy your writings and so I’m positive I would appreciate listening to your talks.

  5. Kevin Densley says

    Sounds great, Bernard! Wisden is undoubtedly one of the world’s great annuals. All the best for your talk from my location, country Victoria!

  6. Bernard Whimpress says

    Thanks Fisho, Kevin
    I’ll see about doing a Zoom after the main delivery.

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