Tim de Lisle is the pop critic of The Mail on Sunday, a contributor to The Guardian and a senior consultant for Innovation Media. He edited Intelligent Life magazine from 2008 to 2015, winning a BSME award for Editor of the Year. He edited Wisden Cricket Monthly 1996-2000, winning another BSME award, and Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2003, receiving mixed reviews for putting a photo on the cover ("he has dragged Wisden, kicking and screaming, into the 1920s"). Tim has been arts editor of The Times and The Independent on Sunday, a feature writer for The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph, and cricket columnist for The Times, The Independent and the Evening Standard. He is the author of Young Wisden (Bloomsbury, 2007) and the editor of Lives of the Great Songs (Penguin, 1995). He is on Twitter @TimdeLisle


NEW BOOK

How to Write Well (Connell Guides) – a hundred pages of tips for students, with cartoons by Nick Newman. On sale here: https://www.connellguides.com/products/the-connell-guide-to-how-to-write-well

'A slim volume by one of the best editors of his generation... Sparky, clever and never intimidating' – Sunday Telegraph
'Witty, breezy and informative' – Mail on Sunday
'He was born to write a book about how to write, and now he has' – Guardian
'With its clear, simple, straightforward prose full of advice and tips and examples, How to Write Well becomes How to Write Beautifully' – Kirsty Gunn, poet and professor of creative writing at the University of Dundee

RECENT PIECES

In bed with the Ashes
The Cricket Monthly, November 2017
www.thecricketmonthly.com/story/1126046/in-bed-with-the-ashes

Liam Gallagher's solo debut
Mail on Sunday, June 4 2017
www.timdelisle.com/page10.htm

50 years of Sgt Pepper
Newsweek, May 19 2017
www.newsweek.com/2017/05/26/beatles-sgt-peppers-lonely-hearts-club-band-paul-mccartney-john-lennon-george-608717.html

Sets machine: the small town in Amish country that builds the big pop tours
The Guardian, February 9 2017
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/feb/09/the-tiny-town-that-builds-show-stopping-sets-for-beyonce-kanye-and-madonna

Mr Diamond's golden jubilee
Mail on Sunday, October 8 2017
www.timdelisle.com/page24.htm

Katherine Rundell: the next great children's author
Newsweek, January 22 2017
www.newsweek.com/british-novelist-edwardian-wit-broadway-545489

Bruce Springsteen's most rewarding album
Mail on Sunday, November 29 2015
www.timdelisle.com/page59.htm

Adele's 25: closer to 19 than 21
Mail on Sunday, November 22 2015
www.timdelisle.com/page60.htm

Farewell to Intelligent Life, Sept/Oct 2015
moreintelligentlife.com/blog/tim-de-lisle/tim-de-lisle-introduces-new-issue

Madonna in concert: how to be an ex-queen
Mail on Sunday, November 15 2015
www.timdelisle.com/page58.htm

At home with Randy Newman: a long-form profile
Intelligent Life, Sept/Oct 2015
www.intelligentlifemagazine.com/culture/to_irony_and_beyond

The playfulness is the thing: Tom Stoppard's voice
Intelligent Life, Jan/Feb 2015
www.intelligentlifemagazine.com/content/arts/tim-de-lisle/tom-stoppard

A precarious brilliance: the future of The Guardian
Intelligent Life, July/August 2012
www.intelligentlifemagazine.com/content/ideas/tim-de-lisle/can-guardian-survive

The rock star who makes you a bacon sandwich: Guy Garvey of Elbow
Intelligent Life, Jan/Feb 2014
www.intelligentlifemagazine.com/content/features/anonymous/rock-and-real

COMPILATIONS

The Mail on Sunday column now appears here
www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/columnist-1104301/Tim-De-Lisle-Event-Magazine.html

A random selection of Tim's writing for Intelligent Life
www.intelligentlifemagazine.com/contributor/1003

A less random selection from The Guardian
www.theguardian.com/profile/timdelisle

EARLIER PIECES

Roddy Frame's mature masterpiece. Mail on Sunday, May 4 2014
www.timdelisle.com/page57.htm

Intelligent Tunes: six good songs for your iPod. Intelligent Life, March/April 2014
bit.ly/1eCrYfC

Bowie returns, a beautiful ruin. Editors' Blog, Intelligent Life, January 8 2013
bit.ly/13g8qnC

Albums of the year 2012: small is beautiful. Mail on Sunday, December 9
www.timdelisle.com/page32.htm

Murdoch's evidence at Leveson was like one of his own tabloids. The Guardian, April 26 2012
www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/26/rupert-murdoch-evidence-leveson-inquiry

Albums of the year 2011: women rule. Mail on Sunday, December 4
www.timdelisle.com/page8.htm

Kate Bush's new album: not that good, Mail on Sunday, November 20 2011
www.timdelisle.com/page10.htm

Weighing up Warhol, Intelligent Life, November/December 2011
moreintelligentlife.com/blog/tim-de-lisle/weighing-warhol

Spot-fixing doesn't justify life bans, The Times, September 2 2011
www.timdelisle.com/page56.htm

Another bullseye from Arcade Fire, Mail on Sunday, August 1 2011
www.timdelisle.com/page54.htm

What Lady Gaga is good at, Mail on Sunday, June 6 2010
www.timdelisle.com/page55.htm

A fresh listen to the Beatles, Mail on Sunday, September 6 2009
www.timdelisle.com/page51.htm

The 2009 Ashes: raking over each Test - Cricinfo columns
www.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/magazine/author.html?author=254;genre=195

King of pop? Not for long - Intelligent Life blog, June 26 2009
www.moreintelligentlife.com/blog/tim-de-lisle/king-pop-only-briefly

Twenty20: better than MCC members think, The Times, June 16 2009
www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article6506141.ece

Dumbing down? On the contrary, The Times, December 4 2008
www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article5282174.ece

Proposing the motion in an Economist debate on wising up, December 2008
www.economist.com/debate/debates/overview/137

Too many draws at Lord's, The Times, July 16 2008
www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article4339777.ece

What big money will do to cricket, The Times, June 13 2008
www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article4123383.ece

England are missing their biffers, Cricinfo, March 18 2008
content-www.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/342940.html

Silly money in India, Cricinfo, March 4 2008
content-www.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/340911.html

Me and my Prius: Anton Corbijn and others, Guardian, February 29 2008
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/feb/29/energyefficiency.greentech

Let's ban sledging, Cricinfo, January 8 2008
content-uk.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/current/story/329711.html


AN AWARD-WINNING MAGAZINE

In 2008 I took over as editor of Intelligent Life, the new lifestyle and general-interest quarterly magazine from The Economist. General-interest magazines are few and far between in Britain, so it was a lot of fun. We launched an iPad edition in 2010 and an iPhone edition in 2012, both free. In 2011 Intelligent Life went to six issues a year, and started running as a quarterly insert inside The Economist in North America and parts of Asia. Every issue appeared on news-stands in Britain, Europe and Canada, and the contents were posted gradually, along with fresh material every day, on the website, www.intelligentlifemagazine.com

In 2015, Intelligent Life got a new editor-in-chief, who felt the magazine would be better off without me and changed its name to 1843.


LATEST REVIEWS

Meanwhile I'm still writing a rock column for the Mail on Sunday...

U2 and Springsteen live: set v sweat
www.timdelisle.com/page36.htm

Old master: Leonard Cohen's live comeback
www.timdelisle.com/page39.htm

Coldplay and the end of the generation gap
www.timdelisle.com/page29.htm

Madonna's Hard Candy: overrated
www.timdelisle.com/page34.htm

Neil Young: still blazing. Plus Goldfrapp's new sound
www.timdelisle.com/page30.htm

Nick Cave: a sleazy triumph
www.timdelisle.com/page10.htm

Duffy: a hot tip and a fine new voice
www.timdelisle.com/page32.htm

Bruce Springsteen: the best of the O2's big gigs in 2007
www.timdelisle.com/page16.htm

Led Zeppelin: the show everyone kept asking about
www.timdelisle.com/page11.htm


A BOOK FOR CHILDREN
Young Wisden: a new fan's guide to cricket. The first book for younger fans from sport's oldest publisher, written by Tim de Lisle, updated by Lawrence Booth and beautifully designed by Nigel Davies – published by A&C Black, under licence from John Wisden. It's now a paperback, full colour, recommended price £9.99.

The book has had some generous reviews...
'Wonderful' - The Times
'A cracking idea' - Time Out
'Five stars ... priceless' - Cricinfo
'If you’re a cricket-mad parent and want to get your child as passionate about the game as you are … let Tim de Lisle do the business for you' - Sport magazine
'Four stars ... comprehensive … colourful … confident … superbly designed' - The Wisden Cricketer
'9 and 3/4 out of 10' - Association of Cricket Statisticians


MORE REVIEWS BY TIM
The Spice Girls live: more to look at than to listen to
www.timdelisle.com/page33.htm

Albums of the year 2007, from Damon Albarn to the Eagles
www.timdelisle.com/page7.htm

Amy Winehouse, Arcade Fire, Kylie ... and Marge Simpson
www.timdelisle.com/page31.htm

The Sex Pistols live: like two different acts
www.timdelisle.com/page3.htm

The Eagles' new album: a feast of slow food
www.timdelisle.com/page38.htm

Radiohead's new album: not just revolutionary, but excellent too
www.timdelisle.com/page22.htm

Bruce Springsteen's Magic: half comfort blanket, half wake-up call. Plus Feist live
www.timdelisle.com/page16.htm

Kanye West's new album: great tunes, shame about the words
www.timdelisle.com/page44.htm

Live Earth: the first global mega-gig with too few dinosaurs
www.timdelisle.com/page36.htm

Another week, another rock reunion: Genesis in Hamburg
www.timdelisle.com/page35.htm

And another: The Police in Vancouver
www.timdelisle.com/page28.htm

Justin Timberlake live: a feast for the eyes, not much for the ears. Plus Natasha Bedingfield's second album
www.timdelisle.com/page45.htm

Bob Dylan and Pete Doherty live: two pleasant surprises
www.timdelisle.com/page25.htm

Art-rock special: Arcade Fire and Bryan Ferry, plus Rufus Wainwright
www.timdelisle.com/page17.htm

An unforgettable voice: Ray LaMontagne in concert and on record
www.timdelisle.com/page32.htm

INTRODUCTION TO THE SITE
Welcome to my website. In fact, congratulations on finding it. It is small and imperfectly formed, and the pictures are hopeless.

The idea is to post up a selection of my writing, past and present. My most regular gig is being the rock critic of The Mail on Sunday, doing pieces like this www.timdelisle.com/page35.htm . I've also done a fair amount for Cricinfo.com, and write occasional general features for The Guardian, like this one:
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/feb/29/energyefficiency.greentech

The Cricinfo column is archived here: content-uk.cricinfo.com/columns/content/story/genre.html?genre=195

I do the odd cricket piece for newspapers, like this feature for the Telegraph Magazine on the Barmy Army - www.timdelisle.com/page20.htm. Or this guide to the leading British newspaper cricket correspondents, for The Independent: news.independent.co.uk/media/article2348012.ece

Or this blog for The Guardian's commentisfree site, wondering whether the England team would do better if they were picked by a public vote: commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/tim_de_lisle/2006/12/post_797.html .

I used to contribute to The Wisden Cricketer magazine, with pieces like this one looking into what went wrong in the Ashes and how to put it right: www.timdelisle.com/page11.htm

The Guardian features also appear online and show up well on Google (just remember to put quotes round my name as Google takes a dim view of little words like de). Or use the links below.

The Mail on Sunday column now appears online here:
www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/columnist-1104301/Tim-De-Lisle-Event-Magazine.html

Thanks for visiting and I hope you find something interesting.

Tim
timdelisle62 [at] hotmail.com

SOME GUARDIAN PIECES
Why Hendrix's Land of My Fathers is irrelevant
arts.guardian.co.uk/filmandmusic/story/0,,1982614,00.html

A birth, a marriage and a death
www.guardian.co.uk/family/story/0,,1932453,00.html

Talking pirates with Hal Willner
arts.guardian.co.uk/features/story/0,,1872307,00.html

In search of the British road song
arts.guardian.co.uk/features/story/0,,1857341,00.html

Family photos: why do we take so many?
www.guardian.co.uk/family/story/0,,1842472,00.html

Meeting Lemony Snicket
www.timdelisle.com/page8.htm

At the death: Harry Thompson's cricket memoir
books.guardian.co.uk/reviews/biography/0,,1799372,00.html

The magic of the gig ticket
arts.guardian.co.uk/filmandmusic/story/0,,1787518,00.html

A quick guide to World Cup tat
www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1774832,00.html

The great rock'n'roll royalties riddle
arts.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1776415,00.html

Second choices that turned out rather well
www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1767904,00.html

The great Blue Peter badge scandal
www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1740947,00.html

The book that will get you to heaven, apparently
www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1736402,00.html

What does it mean when the Government tells the BBC to be entertaining?
www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1731766,00.html

Wembley: the strange tale of a tower, an arch, and a young man from the tobacco kiosk
www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1730238,00.html

Sexagenarian rock'n'roll
arts.guardian.co.uk/features/story/0,,1724366,00.html

My son the pensioner: meeting the 90-something mums
www.guardian.co.uk/family/story/0,,1716951,00.html

The Cabinet's big decision: Jag or Prius?
www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1714235,00.html

Talking voices with Tom Baker
www.guardian.co.uk/arts/news/story/0,,1699201,00.html

Vicars of the world, unite
www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1693415,00.html

Flat-screen TV: great, but where do you put it?
www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1690633,00.html

Leicester primary school up for a web award
education.guardian.co.uk/schools/comment/story/0,,1688784,00.html

Well-dressed ram in beer ad ban
www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1684488,00.html

Lost without it? The sat-nav craze
www.guardian.co.uk/transport/Story/0,2763,1671785,00.html

The BBC trailer sunk by people power
www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1666885,00.html

Madonna’s British debut: Norman Cook was there
www.guardian.co.uk/arts/features/story/0,,1648663,00.html