The Authors XI
The Authors XI was an Edwardian cricket team, for which PG Wodehouse, Arthur Conan Doyle and AA Milne all played. Each year, they faced sides of Actors and Publishers at Lord’s. The last of these matches was in 1912, just before the outbreak of WWI.
There were a few subsequent and short-lived incarnations of the team before the Authors were revived in 2012 by literary agent Charlie Campbell and novelist Nicholas Hogg. In their comeback season, they played all over England, including matches at Lord’s and at Wormsley against the Lords and Commons CC. In January 2013, they toured India, playing a Rajasthan Royals XI and, on their return to these shores, they defeated the national team of Japan. Their feats have been widely covered and they even made the front cover of the world’s largest paper, The Times of India.
Their squad includes Sebastian Faulks, Ed Smith, Tom Holland, James Holland, Thomas Penn, Dan Stevens, William Fiennes and Kamila Shamsie. In May 2013 Bloomsbury published the book of their season, The Authors XI: A Season of English Cricket from Hackney to Hambledon.