Ed Smith, the latest supporter of the Sporting Memories Network was educated at Cambridge University, where he took a double first in history. Aged 18, he became the youngest ever Cambridge undergraduate to score a century on his first class debut. He was a professional cricketer for 13 years, at Kent and then at Middlesex, where he was captain in 2007 and 2008. He played three Test matches for England. He retired after breaking his ankle in 2008.
He has written four books. After joining up with the New York Mets, he wrote Playing Hard Ball, a comparison of cricket and baseball. On and Off the Field, a diary of the year he played for England, was Wisden Book of the Year. The playwright Simon Gray described his What Sport Tells Us About Life as: "An absolutely delightful book. What Smith says about rhythm in batting is also true of writing - poise, balance, etc. - and Smith has it."
Luck, his latest work, was published by Bloomsbury in April 2012.
In October 2010, Ed wrote and presented Inside Sport, his first documentary for BBC1 television. He also wrote and presented Peak Performance for BBC Radio 3, a series comparing the shared experiences of sportsmen and musicians. He appears regularly on Radio 4′s Today programme.
After retiring from cricket, Ed wrote the Mind Games column for The Daily Telegraph, before joining The Times as a leader writer. He is now a Times features writer, contributor to The Spectator and a GQ columnist.
To read more about Ed visit his website at http://edsmith.org.uk/books/
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