David Sheppard: Batting for the Poor.

Written by Andrew Bradstock.

Published by SPCK, November 2019.

Available in hardback or eBook.

In this first full biography of the celebrated cricketer, bishop and Old Shirburnian David Sheppard, Andrew Bradstock reveals an engaging portrait of a man with a firm determination to succeed and to make a positive difference.

David Sheppard (Lyon 1942-1947) remains the only ordained minister to have played Test cricket.  With 22 caps between 1950 and 1963, he captained England in 1954 in two Tests against Pakistan.  In the 1960s, David was a leading figure in the campaign to sever sporting links with South Africa, an act Archbishop Desmond Tutu plays tribute to in the Foreword, remembering how David ‘sacrificed much by refusing to play against a team calling itself “South Africa” but chosen only from its white minority.’

As Bishop of Liverpool from 1975 to 1997, David forged a pioneering partnership at a critical time for the city with his Roman Catholic counterpart, Archbishop Derek Worlock.  Andrew Bradstock tells us that together they were known as ‘fish and chips’, because they were always together and never out of the papers.

The biography is the result of extensive research carried out by Andrew Bradstock who conducted hundreds of interviews, including many with David’s contemporaries at Sherborne School, and also made full use of the School Archives and David’s personal papers held by his family.

Peter Oborne, Old Shirburnian author, biographer of Basil D’Oliveira, and political columnist, says of the biography:
‘David Sheppard, former England Cricket Captain, ought to have been Archbishop of Canterbury. He was a remarkable man, who did good wherever he went. This splendid work is the full-scale biography that we have long needed.’

Professor Andrew Bradstock will be attending OS Day on 16 May 2020, when the biography will receive its Sherborne launch.

David Sheppard: Batting for the Poor is available from SPCK and from Winstone’s bookshop, Sherborne.

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Posted 2 December 2019 by Sherborne School Archives.

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