Michael Berkeley welcomes Labour politician, biographer and former businessman and amateur cricketer Charles Williams, Lord Williams of Elvel.
Michael Berkeley's guest is the Labour peer Charles Williams, who sits in the House of Lords as Lord Williams of Elvel. Educated at Christ Church, Oxford, and the London School of Economics, Charles Williams played 87 first-class cricket matches for Essex and Oxford University. He subsequently enjoyed a successful and varied career as a businessman, including acting as director of Mirror Group Newspapers from 1985 to 1992. He is currently president of the Radnor branch of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales. he was made CBE in 1980 and a life peer in 1985. He has published acclaimed biographies of General de Gaulle, Konrad Adenauer, Marshal Petain, Harold Macmillan, and the cricketer Sir Donald Bradman,and his latest book, Gentlemen and Players, looks at the difference between amateurism and professionalism in cricket, taking as its starting point the annual first-class cricket match Gentlemen v Players, first played at Lords in 1806, and focusing on the final ten years of amateurism in the game in the postwar period.