The Authors XI: A Season of English Cricket from Hackney to Hambledon (Hardback)
  • The Authors XI: A Season of English Cricket from Hackney to Hambledon (Hardback)
zoom

The Authors XI: A Season of English Cricket from Hackney to Hambledon (Hardback)

£16.99
Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 06/06/2013
  • In stock online

Usually dispatched within 24 hours

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect
Cricket has perhaps held more writers in its thrall than any other sport: many excellent books have been written about it, and many great authors have played it. The Authors Cricket Club used to play regularly against teams made up of Publishers and Actors. They last played in 1912, and include among their alumni such greats as PG Wodehouse, Arthur Conan Doyle and JM Barrie. A hundred years on from their last match, a team of modern-day authors has been assembled to continue this fine literary and sporting tradition in a nationwide tour in search of the perfect day's cricket. The Authors XI is the story of their season. Over the course of a summer they played over a dozen matches, each one capturing an aspect of cricket, in some of England's most spectacular and historic grounds and against a wide range of opponents. Each player contributes a chapter about one of their fixtures, using a match report as a starting point for an essay on cricket and its appeal, both historically and today. From Matthew Parker on cricket and empire, and Kamila Shamsie on the women's game, to Tom Holland on cricket and ageing, and Thomas Penn on cricket and history, this is an engaging look at cricket's enduring appeal. Further chapters from other team members examine issues such as class, empire, and sport and the stage.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408840450
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 370 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
I once said I never met a cricketer I didn't like and this book goes some way to explaining why. A wonderful celebration of the best of games * Sir Michael Parkinson *
Funny, tender, absorbing and full of delightful surprises; this is as lovely a book about the game of cricket as you could wish to read * Michael Simkins *
A seductive blend of action and reflection, of humour and anecdotage, all underscored by the eternal truth that the memory of a sweetly timed cover drive transcends any amount of flannelled foolishness * David Kynaston *
No tail-enders in this XI. Every essay lyrically evokes the still paradise of summer, the beauty of cricket and why the game matters so much to those of us who can't possibly imagine life without it * Duncan Hamilton *
Most cricket authors are better at cricket than writing. Reversing this principle is a revelation * Simon Barnes *
The Authors' search for the grail should fascinate and amuse anyone with a love for the game * Daily Telegraph *
A gem of diverse, entertaining prose from a variety of exceptional wordsmiths * All Out Cricket *

You may also be interested in...

Penguins Stopped Play
Added to basket
Cycling to the Ashes
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Cricket
Added to basket
Don'ts for Cricketers
Added to basket
£3.50
Hardback
Fred Trueman
Added to basket
£11.99
Paperback
KP: The Autobiography
Added to basket
Beefy's Cricket Tales
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Fatty Batter
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Tuffers' Cricket Tales
Added to basket
More Than A Game
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Start the Car
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Fibber in the Heat
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
And God Created Cricket
Added to basket
Skills
Added to basket
£6.99
Paperback
Skills
Added to basket
£6.99
Paperback
Cricket On This Day
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.