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The Authors XI: A Season of English Cricket from Hackney to Hambledon [Kindle Edition]

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Book Description

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 carefully chosen for capturing an aspect of cricket, in some of England's most spectacular and historic grounds, 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.

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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

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An insightful examination of modern cricket by a historic team made up of cricket-obsessed writers. With a foreword by Sebastian Faulks.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1340 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1408840456
  • Publisher: Wisden; 1 edition (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CWD10EI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #311,116 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining 26 Jun. 2014
A gift for my cricket-mad husband; he loved reading this book. He found it interesting, touching, amusing, inspiring. I know he will dip into it again and again. If you know someone who loves cricket, buy them this book.
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A well collected account of a team's progress throughout a storm soaked summer. It shows the individual care and love disassociated people have for a sport and how although talented God's sporting gifts have to take a back seat sometimes when dealing with the rough and tumble of life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Authors XI A Season of English Cricket 27 July 2013
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I am fascinated by the sport and trying to figure out the rules and terminology. How does it fit with the English character? I love all of Dan Stevens writing and read it whenever I can
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