Are you a member of the Oxford & Cambridge Club? If so, may I ask your help with a somewhat bizarre request? I am seeking to join the Oxford & Cambridge Club, which needs no introduction. As an academic and Oxford graduate I have all the necessary credentials, I’m told, but the club insists that I be nominated by two current members.

In my dotage, I have lost touch with my Oxford friends and know nobody now who might be a member. Would it be forgivable of me to ask if anybody who is a current club member would be willing, out of charity, to nominate me? True, I would be a stranger to you but you can discover a little about me from my books at Amazon. (My author’s name there is John Yeoman.) My full CV is also available on request.

I’d be delighted, and most grateful, to hear from you at: cwriting@btinternet.com