Ian Marshall took over as Editor of the Playfair Cricket Annual in 2009, having previously worked on 15 editions of the annual in his role as a book publisher. During his 30-year publishing career, he has worked with some of cricket's greatest players, including Mike Atherton, Sir Ian Botham, Geoffrey Boycott, Stuart Broad, David Gower, Justin Langer, Dennis Lillee and Sir Garry Sobers. He still occasionally plays cricket, and has toured Africa, India and Sri Lanka.
David Matthews is a bestselling writer and journalist. He has written for various newspapers and publications, including the OBSERVER, SUNDAY TIMES, GQ and ESQUIRE and has reported for the BBC and Channel Four. His first book, LOOKING FOR A FIGHT, was shortlisted for the 2001 William Hill Sports Book of the Year prize; and his BBC series, THE TROUBLE WITH BLACK MEN, was shortlisted for the 2005 Royal Television Society best documentary award. MAN BUYS DOG is his second book.