Book jacketThe Authors XI: A Season of English Cricket from Hackney to Hambledon

Over the course of a summer, the team played over a dozen matches in some of England’s most spectacular and historic grounds, against a wide range of opponents. Each player contributes a chapter on one of the fixtures, using it as a starting point for an essay on cricket and its appeal.  The book features contributions from Richard Beard, Charlie Campbell, Sam Carter, Sebastian Faulks, William Fiennes, Peter Frankopan, Nicholas Hogg, James Holland, Tom Holland, Jon Hotten, Anthony McGowan, Matthew Parker, Thomas Penn, Alex Preston, Amol Rajan, Kamila Shamsie, Ed Smith, Dan Stevens and Andy Zaltzman. It is published by Wisden, an imprint of Bloomsbury and was shortlisted for the MCC Cricket Society Book of the Year Award.

 

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

Even cricket-sceptics should enjoy a witty and bucolic account of a year in a team featuring Sebastian Faulks and ex-Downton star Dan Stevens – Francis Wheen

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

Good areas – The Spectator