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Mike Brearley: CLR James & Socrates


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This keynote speech by Mike Brearley, former England cricket captain explores CLR James’ seminal book Beyond a Boundary. Brearley provides extraordinary testimony, gripping for cricket lovers and non-cricket fans alike, drawing as James did on classics, philosophy and his own experience to unravel the meaning of James’ famous saying “What do they know of cricket who only cricket know.”

This programme was filmed by WORLDwrite CLR James project volunteers at The Beyond A Boundary Conference held at The University Of Glasgow in 2013. The conference marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of CLR James’ outstanding classic Beyond A Boundary.

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Jack said:

Amazing to think that a cricket player would have heard of Socrates, well don Mr Brearley.

John said:

Thanks for sharing this talk, I’ll pass it on.

Dave said:

Excellent poites by Brearley on Ledership, Thx.

Soli said:

Thank you enjoyed every minute of this, very engaging and inspiring.

Johnno said:

Brearley rocks in this I had no idea he was a philosopher as well as a great cricketer.

Jane R said:

OK hands up this has got me interested in cricket-what a brilliant lecture.

Carol said:

I’m not a big fan of Cricket but I do like Brearley’s points on leadership.

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steve roberts said:

Fascinating from Mike Brearley – not someone i would normally recognise as particularly political in outlook – in these distinctly apolitical times he makes profound statements and gives reponses particularly to questions with comtemporary political relevance going beyond the usual blandness, it is clear that James’s writing has led Brearley down many paths of thought and discovery and he is able to pass that on ,quite inspiring to those interested in sport or politics and the genuinely fully rounded self, though as he commented one has to be careful with the latter it can be interpreted as “wooly” at best and instrumental and restrictive at worst as in education today. Thanks to WORLDwrite for this interesting and unusual experience