Event 39

Saturday 11th November 2023 | 2.30 pm

Event 39 | Mike Brearley | Turning Over the Pebbles


Mike Brearley – Turning Over the Pebbles

One of England’s finest cricket captains, Mike Brearley looks back on a lifetime of the sport from joyful childhood games to his captaincy in the 1981 Ashes, leading England to one of their most famous victories. A trained psychoanalyst, Brearley blends reflection on his sporting life with introspections on literature, religion and leadership, using his experiences both on and off the field. Intelligent and insightful, Turning Over the Pebbles is a memoir full of Brearley’s private passions as he reflects on an extraordinary life and career

In conversation with Boris Starling

When: Saturday 11th November 2023 @ 2.30 pm
Where: Electric Palace
Sponsored by: Lindsay and Martin Bowdery


Mike Brearley OBE was educated at Cambridge, where he read classics and moral sciences, and captained the university. He played for Middlesex County Cricket Club intermittently from 1961 to 1983, captaining the side from 1971 to 1982. He first played for England in 1976 and captained the side from 1977 to 1980, winning seventeen test matches and losing only four. He was recalled to the captaincy in 1981 for the Ashes home series, leading England to one of their most famous victories. Since retiring from cricket in 1982, he trained and continues to work as a psychoanalyst, and is a lecturer on leadership and motivation. He is the author of the bestselling The Art of Captaincy and has written on cricket and the psychology of sport for the Observer and most recently The Times. He lives in London. 

Boris Starling is an award-winning author, screenwriter and journalist. His books have appeared in the Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller lists, his crime series ‘Messiah’ ran for five seasons on BBC1, and he writes regularly for the Daily Telegraph and the magazines The Critic and Perspective. He lives in west Dorset with his wife, children, and whippet. 


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