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Batting for the poor - the authorized biography of David Sheppard
Andrew Bradstock
Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge
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Sheppard first came to prominence as a cricketer in the 1950s. An opening batsman, he was selected for England while still at Cambridge, and later captained his country. In the 1960s Sheppard was a leading figure in the campaign to sever sporting links with South Africa, a crucial factor in the ending of apartheid.

Converted in his first year at Cambridge, Sheppard was ordained into the Church of England in 1955. His curacy in Islington gave him a passion to serve the church in the inner city, a calling he fulfilled as warden for twelve years of the Mayflower Centre in Canning Town. Following his appointment as Bishop of Woolwich in 1969, he published a major text about his work in urban areas, Built as a City.

David Sheppard made his biggest mark as Bishop of Liverpool from 1975-97, forging a pioneering partnership with Archbishop Derek Worlock, his Roman Catholic counterpart. For twenty years the two worked tirelessly to revive the fortunes of the city, helping to break down its many internal divisions. In 1991 Sheppard was seriously considered for Archbishop of Canterbury following Robert Runcie' retirement.

In 1997 Sheppard was awarded a life peerage, and played an active role in the Lords, and as a writer, speaker and preacher, until his death in 2005.

This biography draws on the papers left by Sheppard in Liverpool Central Library, other archival material, and more than 150 interviews conducted by the author.

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Andrew Bradstock has been researching, teaching and writing about the relationship between faith, politics and social engagement for more than 30 years. After gaining degrees in Theology, Politics and Church History from the universities of Bristol, Kent and Otago, he lectured for eight years at colleges of higher education in Southampton and Winchester and held positions with the United Reformed Church (Secretary for Church and Society) and the Von Hgel Institute at Cambridge (Co-Director of the Centre for Faith and Society). From 2009-13 he was inaugural Howard Paterson Professor of Theology and Public Issues at the University of Otago where he established and directed New Zealand's first Centre for Theology and Public Issues.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS) in 2013 and is an emeritus professor of the University of Winchester.

As Liverpool's exceptional bishops, David Sheppard and Derek Worlock healed old wounds, championed great causes, and put faith into action in the city's forgotten neighbourhoods. A first-class biography of David Sheppard is long overdue, and Andrew Bradstock has provided it.
David Alton (Lord Alton of Liverpool)

David Sheppard "stood out" in every sense of the term.
He was unusually tall; played cricket for England; championed the disadvantaged; and turned a fiercely sectarian city into a beacon of ecumenism.
This book tells us how.
Grace Davie, Professor Emeritus, University of Exeter

David Sheppard continually asked awkward questions, both of himself and others, but always in the context of an unshakeable faith. This is a book, and a life, we could all learn from.
David Puttnam (Baron Puttnam, CBE)

Bishop David Sheppard's partnership with Archbishop Derek Worlock overcame the religious barriers as they led the fight against poverty and division in Liverpool, which has had a lasting effect and which is well documented in this publication.
The Most Rev'd Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool

This is a superb biography. At the end of it you feel you know not only the man, with all his strengths and frailties, but also the times in which he lived, with all their challenges.
Stephen Chalke, cricket historian

With elegant prose and faithful reporting, Andrew Bradstock has produced an accurate portrait of the life and ministry of the David Sheppard I knew and admired.
Rt Revd Wilfred Wood, retired Bishop of Croydon

David Sheppard's life is fully deserving of this detailed, even forensic, biography. His character fully epitomized the old adage for life, 'make a plan and stick to it'. He was a friend to me in my private life, as well as a stalwart partner on the cricket field - we put on 124 runs together on the final winning day of the Melbourne Test in 1963!
Ted Dexter, CBE, former captain, Sussex and England

David Sheppard, former England Cricket Captain, ought to have been Archbishop of Canterbury. He was a remarkable man, who did good wherever he went. This splendid work is the full-scale biography that we have long needed.
Peter Oborne, author, biographer of Basil D'Oliveira and political columnist for the Daily Mail and Middle East Eye.

David Sheppard: Batting for the Poor is an excellent biography dedicated to the life and times of outstanding English test batsman, captain and highly respected Anglican bishop, David Sheppard. David was a man of principle often facing difficult social times in ministry and sport. He lived his life in sacrificial service to others and for the glory of God. A wonderful opponent and encouraging Christian friend when the Ashes were played in true respect of cricket. An uplifting and challenging read.
Brian Booth, Australian test cricketer and captain

I was honoured to have known and worked with David Sheppard.
At least I thought I knew him. What is clear to me from this not wholly uncritical yet authorised biography is that I had only the sketchiest knowledge of this remarkable man of God.
And cricket. A fascinating read on many levels.
Jane Reed CBE, former editor, Woman's Own

David Sheppard reshaped Church approaches to poverty, especially among evangelicals, paving the way for today's foodbank movement.
This great account of his eventful life underlines Sheppard's lasting influence.
Rt Hon. Stephen Timms, MP

An excellent biography, well researched, well written. Bradstock explores the struggle between ambition and virtue in Sheppard's life on the cricket field, in the church and in his family. This is fascinating not just for cricket-lovers but for everyone.
Brian Griffiths (Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach), Chairman, Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics (CEME)

The picture that emerges in this book is of a man who far ahead of his time...A suitable memorial to a life well lived. Everyone reading it with any degree of self awareness is certain to be given a cause to reflect on their own beliefs and behaviours.
Deep Extra Cover - Terry Wright

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