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David AmbroseJohn Lazenby is a journalist and author who began his career on local newspapers in Sussex more than 25 years ago. He joined the Press Association in London in 1989, working as an editor on the news desk before transferring to sport. In his role as a rugby and cricket writer, he travelled the UK and Europe, filing copy for morning and evening newspapers throughout the country. Since 1997, he has worked as a freelance journalist on national newspapers, including the Times, the Sunday Times, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph. In addition to his career as a print journalist, he has worked as a freelance sports broadcaster for radio and television.

John’s first book, Test of Time: Travels in Search of a Cricketing Legend was inspired by his grandfather, the Kent and England cricketer, J.R. Mason. John traced his footsteps on England’s 1897-98 tour of Australia, his interest sparked by the discovery of a cache of letters his grandfather had written home. Described by BBC Sport as “a great read” and by the Sydney Morning Herald as a “delightful and unusual book”, Test of Time was well received in both the UK and Australia. It was selected as a finalist for the MCC/Cricket Society’s Book of the Year award in 2005, longlisted for the William Hill Prize and chosen as one of The Wisden Cricketer’s Books of the Year for 2005.

John’s other writing projects have included Tom and Huckleberry, a musical that was first performed at the Gardner Arts Centre in Brighton and continues to be popular with school and amateur theatre companies in the UK and abroad.

John lives in Sussex, southwest London, and is a director of Media Animal, a company that provides writing, editing and proofreading services for businesses, newspapers and publishers.

Bloomsbury will publish his new book The Strangers Who Came Home on the first Australian tour of England in 2015.

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David AmbroseJohn Lazenby's interest in cricket began as a boy with a glimpse of his grandfather's old leather cricket bag stored in the rafters. His curiosity piqued, he explored its contents to discover a faded blazer, scuffed ball and linseed-scented bats. Decades later, when he found a box of letters written by his grandfather, J. R. Mason, on the boat to Australia for the Ashes tour, John was inspired to retrace the journey. John's tour through the Australian cities and remote towns visited by England cricketers over a hundred years ago uncovers a wealth of anecdotes and memorabilia. His narrative vividly evokes not only Mason and his teammates, but a wider sense of late Victorian mores at home and abroad.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Test of Time: Travels in Search of a Cricketing Legend, John Murray, 2005. Tom and Huckleberry, Samuel French, 1991.