Stephen Chalke

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Stephen Chalke (born 1948 in Salisbury, Wiltshire) is an English author and publisher. In an article in the 2010 edition of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack he is identified as "an author, publisher and captain of the Winsley Third XI".[1]

He has two undergraduate degrees - one in Drama, English and Philosophy, the other in Mathematics - and a postgraduate degree in English Literature. He has taught in adult, further and higher education, but in the past twelve years has increasingly concentrated on writing and publishing. He works for the Open University.

Through his private publishing firm Fairfield Books, he has written and published several highly acclaimed biographical and historical cricket books. His collaboration with the late Geoffrey Howard, At the Heart of English Cricket, won the 2002 Cricket Society Book of the Year Award, and he has twice won the Wisden Book of the Year award: in 2004 with No Coward Soul (his biography of Bob Appleyard, co-written with Derek Hodgson) and in 2008 with Tom Cartwright - The Flame Still Burns. In 2009 he won the National Sporting Club's Cricket Book of the Year with The Way It Was - Glimpses of English Cricket's Past, a collection of more than 100 articles written for The Wisden Cricketer, Wisden Cricket Monthly and The Times. The Way It Was won the 'Best Cricket Book' category of the 2009 British Sports Book Awards.[2]

In the 2010 edition of Wisden, he contributed a 10-page article on English cricket and the Second World War.[3]

The Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians named him Statistician of the Year for 2015 for his contributions to the field of cricket history.[4]



  1. ^ "How English cricket survived the Second World War". Wisden Cricketers' Almanack (2010 ed.). Wisden. p. 61.
  2. ^ "Prior winners". British Sports Book Awards. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  3. ^ "How English cricket survived the Second World War". Wisden Cricketers' Almanack (2010 ed.). Wisden. pp. 52&ndash, 61.
  4. ^ "Statistician of the Year 2015 – Stephen Chalke". ACS. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  5. ^ Sengupta, Arunabha (June 6, 2017). "Interview: Stephen Chalke — A long half-hour with the prolific and award-winning cricket writer". Cricket Country. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  6. ^ Searby, Martin (November 28, 2003). "Appleyard: An untold story of private grief". The Telegraph. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  7. ^ "Gentlemen, Gypsies and Jesters order form" (PDF). Buccaneers Cricket Club. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  8. ^ "John Barclay: Publications". Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  9. ^ Hopps, David (August 26, 2017). "The offie who coped". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved August 28, 2017.

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