Best Sports Writing Award

2021 SHORTLIST

The Breath of Sadness

On love, grief and cricket

By Ian Ridley

When Ian Ridley’s wife, the trailblazing sports reporter Vikki Orvice, died of cancer at the age of 56, he found himself plunged into a sadness that he expected and a madness that he did not. Seeking solace, he embarks on a summer of watching county cricket. The Breath of Sadness is an unflinching account of how we endure grief, and a poignant, tender and candid exploration of love and loss.

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