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About

About Jon Berry

My writing is about politics, sport and education  – sometimes all three at once. Whether it’s my books, articles or blogposts, it’s unapologetically left wing. I hope some of it’s  funny too. I’m always happy to hear readers’ reactions and  I’ll respond unless you’re demonstrably in need of professional help.

My latest book, released on 1st April 2024, is From Azeem to Ashes: English cricket’s struggle with race and class.

The Azeem Rafiq affair made cricket ask itself tough questions about race and class. From the end of Joe Root’s reign to the T20 World Cup and on to Bazball’s triumph at a breathless Oval, Azeem to Ashes takes an unsentimental, affectionate, look at how cricket can face up to these challenges. With voices of men and women from clubhouse to commentary box, it’s a book for lovers of the game who want to learn from its faults to protect its future.

My blog, updated every month or so, is a five-minute read about whichever current issue merits a poke in the eye. Here, too, you can respond in any intelligent way that you feel is appropriate.

 

Book Releases

An armchair fan’s guide to the Qatar World Cup

Zurich, 2 December 2010. Sepp Blatter pulls the name of Qatar from the envelope. The accusations fly and the recriminations start. And once it’s all sunk in, we start looking at maps and temperature charts and try to scrape together any fragments of knowledge about kingdoms in the Arabian desert. The Armchair Guide looks underneath […]

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From Azeem to Ashes: English cricket’s struggle with race and class

September 2020. Cricket is in the headlines for the first time since the 2005 Ashes. But the focus is racism not runs or wickets. Azeem Rafiq’s treatment has ignited fierce debate about prejudice and class. From Azeem to Ashes charts the last, miserable days of Joe Root’s captaincy in early 2022 through to the T20 […]

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Putting the Test in its Place and Teachers Undefeated

In Teachers Undefeated Jon Berry found that teachers had not fallen for a reduced and meagre view of what children should be offered by schools. Now he writes about schools that have made a collective decision to abide by the principles of teaching and learning, confident that results will follow. Teachers, as well as parents […]

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Boomerangting

Boomeranting

You had one bath a week whether you needed it or not. You knew with iron certainty what was for tea on any given day of the week. There was every possibility that grown-ups, known to you or not, might clout you. But being a child of the 1950s endowed you with privileges that could […]

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Project Restart

It’s an embarrassing truth for many of us that it was only when professional football was eventually forced to close down that we recognised Covid 19 as a genuine threat to our way of life. And maybe just as shameful was the fact that once lockdown became normalised, it didn’t take long for chatter to […]

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Brutish Necessity

Brutish Necessity

Brutish Necessity is a tale from the past that casts a light on our lives today. Oswald Augustus Grey was a Jamaican immigrant. He was 20 years old when he was executed in November 1962 and 19 when the crime for which he was convicted took place. To talk to people who lived in the […]

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Hugging Strangers

Hugging Strangers

With  99 reviews at an average of 4.6  on Amazon (c’mon somebody – write that 100th!) , Hugging Strangers is a book for all true football fans. It helps if you’re one of the breed who follows your team through thin and thinner, but if you love the game, you’ll get what it’s about instantaneously.  […]

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