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Hello, My name is Nigel King and this blog, entitled Wisden's Secret was initially based upon the manuscript volume written in 1863 which is illustrated below, which I own and from which I can prove, to the criminal law requirements of "beyond reasonable doubt" that to a greater or lesser extent, John Wisden, one time captain of the England cricket team, sporting goods proprietor, and publisher of Wisden's Almanack the most famous and revered sporting publication in the world was not, as is universally accepted, the sole and original creator of Wisden's Almanack and that therefore the history of Wisden and the history of Wisden's Almanack as it is generally understood is incorrect.
I will also show that much of the First edition of Wisden's Almanack which at first sight leaves the reader baffled by the strange conglomeration of material unrelated to cricket, relates to the author of this manuscript: or his life, family, and friends.
Furthermore, I will also show that the evolution of the Almanack's cricket reports from the late 1860's/early 1870's was textually and stylistically mimicking the cricket reports that were first written in this manuscript during the year 1863. Click Here for part 1
N. B. Jon Hotten a notable cricket writer has written 2 articles about this manuscript. The first "The Prequel" appears in Wisden's Almanack 2021 and the other "One man's extraordinary pursuit of the truth" appearing in specialist cricket quarterly publication The Nightwatchman for June 2021
Martin Chandler of Cricket web in his review of Wisden 2021 had this to say "And of course the book wouldn’t be a modern Wisden without the occasional look at the quirky, and the best example of that is Jon Hotten’s piece about Nigel King, a man with a manuscript that might be described as an 1863 Wisden."
Over time the blog developed as research I undertook revealed more and more detail of the most astonishing nature in relation to Jane Austen.
The Unknown Jane Austen
A very strong case; a surfeit of evidence as one acquaintance of an acquaintance described it to me (if not proof) will be made to show that the father of the author of this manuscript was the original inspirational source for the character Mr. Darcy of Pride and Prejudice. In 1795 when Jane Austen began Pride and Prejudice this man was a young, single and very rich individual. That's the beginning, to follow is the discovery of perhaps hundreds of anagram puzzles. Jane Austen has an important contribution to make to the history of anagrams and puzzles. Some ingeniously contrived puns (Prior to 2020 only ONE PUN was known in Jane Austen's work) and were that not already more than enough there are some extraordinary numerical Easter Eggs as well. (As a quick test Study the 2 paragraphs before the word Commerce in Volume 1 Chapter 6 Pride and Prejudice. There is, for those with any appreciation of ingenuity, something to be seen) Click here to learn more about the Unknown Jane Austen
N.B. There are a few people who have visited more than once who may wish to ask questions or make points. Please feel free to do so.
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In Part At Least
The Original Source Manuscript
For Wisden's Almanack
1st Edition 1864
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