Hilary Mantel

He was Never a Boy

Peter Pan and Cricket

By David Rayvern Allen

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A contributor to this journal recently spoke ill of adults who profess affection for Peter Pan; indeed, he said that if he had his way he would murder them. There may be many people who feel like this, so perhaps the title of this collection of J M Barrie ‘s cricket writings is not the best thing about it. But time has added savour to the whimsicalities of the Scottish gnome. Today he might be accused of mocking ethnic minorities by calling his team the Allahakbarries; and he would certainly be reviled for his admiring account of a ladies match, where both teams ‘played like white men’.

The publishing history of these writings is as curious as their content.

Sara Stewart


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