Welcome to Wisden's Secret


This blog, entitled Wisden's Secret is 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 was not, as is generally accepted, the sole creator of Wisden's Almanack. 


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.

N. B. Wisden's Almanack 2021 edition contains a short essay about this manuscript written by Jon Hotten entitled "Wisden - The Prequel"

In the June 2021 edition of specialist cricket quarterly journal The Nightwatchman is a further and in my opinion much better essay also written by Jon Hotten entitled "What is Wisden's big secret" subtitled  "Jon Hotten on one man's extraordinary discovery and his dogged pursuit of the truth" 

This site will over time include much more than the reproduction, transcription and relevant commentary for  this manuscript.  


For example Jane Austen

A very strong case  (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 dozens perhaps hundreds  of anagram puzzles  (Easter Eggs) and to date 6 more ingeniously contrived puns and were that not already more than enough 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 an appreciation of ingenuity, something to be seen)  Click here 


The possible discovery of a previously unknown etching by Rembrandt, the first to be found for over 100 years.


And more... 

Nigel King

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1st Edition 1864 

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