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Bloomsbury acquires Authors cricket team revival title
06.02.12 | Charlotte Williams
Bloomsbury has acquired a book about a revival of the Authors cricket team, which originally featured players including P G Wodehouse, Arthur Conan Doyle and J M Barrie and last played over a century ago. The revived team included Tom Holland, author of Rubicon and Persian Fire, and "Downton Abbey" star and Man Booker judge Dan Stevens.
Charlie Campbell of the Ed Victor Agency and author Nicholas Hogg together organised the team and set up fixtures, including a match against the Actors team at Lord's.
Sports and Wisden publisher Charlotte Atyeo bought world rights in the title directly through Campbell, with plans to publish in 2013.
Each team member will contribute a chapter about a particular fixture, with author Kamila Shamsie set to write about the team's game against Shepperton Ladies and William Fiennes to write about the match at the picturesque Valley of the Rocks pitch in Devon. Hogg will write about the club where he grew up playing, with the season building to the fixture against the Actors team at Lord's, 100 years since the Authors last played.
Other members of the present-day team include Alex Preston, author of This Bleeding City and The Revelations, Tom Holland, author of Rubicon and Persian Fire, The Battle of Britain-author James Holland, and Matthew Parker, who wrote The Sugar Barons.