Norman Preston succeeded his father, Hubert, as editor for the 1952 edition. Hubert, who edited the Almanack from 1944, retired from his post on the advice of his doctor. Norman promised to maintain a high standard, but warned that the book was engaged in a "losing battle against obesity": the edition was increased to 1031 pages, and hence the price rocketed by two whole shillings. There are two contributions from distinguished Test players - Vijay Merchant on 20 years of Indian cricket, and Lindsay Hassett on how players were groomed in Australia. King George VI died, and Preston concluded his first set of Notes by remembering the King's hat-trick at Windsor Castle. Lionel Tennyson - the grandson of the famous poet - who played for Hampshire and captained England, also passed away.
Editor Norman Preston
Price Twelve shillings and sixpence