Double-century in the Cricket world cup 2019
One of the few remaining specialist cricket bookshops in the world celebrates a double-century this year. John McKenzie has run J. W. McKenzie Cricket Books since 1973. Opened on the site of an old library, McKenzie’s shop in Ewell, Epsom, remains a keen destination for cricket fans and diehard collectors.
He is about to issue his 200th catalogue. Each has a diferent cricket theme and runs to about 140 pages – for instance Catalogue 199 will feature signed items, mostly books. “I have always loved my books – especially cricket books,” McKenzie says. “Once I left school I found jobs in two prestigious antiquarian bookshops – Francis Edwards and Ben Weinreb. They might not have been cricket but they still showed me how the business was run, and it is just the same with cricket books.” For McKenzie, the love afair with the sport began young when his father, a South African journalist, introduced him to it as a child. “My father loved the game,” he explained. “The poor man had to bowl to me but he always got a wicket! He got me into cricket and I just kept on. “I came over from South Africa in the mid-1950s and watched my irst Test in 1960. Three years later I saw the Test at Lord’s against West Indies when Colin Cowdrey came out and batted with a broken arm and that stayed with me.” By the age of 18, McKenzie had become a serious collector, opening his store around
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