This year will see the Authors put on a range of events, all designed to raise money for three chosen charities. Please keep coming back to the site or follow us on Twitter to get all the info about Tom's benefit year. We will post more info about events you can come along to and support as soon as dates are confirmed. But it’s definitely worth getting your golf clubs out of the attic, Tom’s a bandit off 22, just ask him about it.

Each member of the squad will be donating to the charities this year every time they play, topping up their match fee to get a bit more money in the kitty. You can see the Authors’ full fixture list here.

For any and all enquiries about Tom’s benefit year, please email the benefit office at

For those of you who missed out on the minute-by-minute updates of Tom, James and Matt’s epic 45-mile London walk, you can relive it here. And thankfully, you can adjust the speed using the playback speed function.

Upcoming Events

Monday 23 May 2022, 6:30-7:30pm


Historians and hosts of the hugely popular podcast The Rest is History, Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook have invited a few of their friends along to tell you EVERYTHING, from the Big Bang right up to 2022.

On the evening of Monday 23 May, in an hour-long show, Tom and Dominic welcome experts in their field to give you the low-down in double quick time. Contributing their expertise will be the world’s leading stegosaur specialist Dr Susie Maidment; world-renowned novelist Sebastian Faulks CBE; historian and broadcaster Michael Wood OBE; director of the Friends of Friendless Churches Dr Rachel Morley; historian, TV presenter and podcaster supreme Dan Snow MBE; novelist of historical fiction Robert Harris; historian and chief curator of the Historic Royal Palaces Tracy Borman; founding director of the Institute for Iranian Studies Professor Ali Ansari; and geneticist Dr Adam Rutherford, host with Dr Hannah Fry of the Curious Cases of Fry and Rutherford podcast.

This stellar line-up will take you on a whistle-stop tour through time and space, from tyrannosaurs to the Tudors, from the Sphinx to the Suffragettes, from Babylon to the Beatles, from the pre-Cambrian to the present day.

The evening will be in aid of three massively deserving charities. It is the last and crowning event of an entire year of fund-raising by Tom and the cricket team for which he plays, the Authors XI.

Tickets for the event are now available.

For more information about tickets and tables for the gala dinner in St Martin-in-the-Fields crypt following the talk, please contact There are limited places at this gala dinner, so please do get in touch as soon as possible - emailing is the ONLY way to secure tickets for the crypt dinner.

Completed Events

Sunday 25 April


Culminating on Sunday 25 April at 9pm, this will be a silent auction with a difference. Pick up some amazing auction items with a literary twist, with all the money raised going direct to the benefit year’s three charities.

The auction will open on Monday 19 April so you can track the items you’ve got your eye on over the course of the week.

The auction will be hosted at

Some of the things that might be up for grabs:

  • A signed book by every member of the Authors squad
  • A meal for four at Trullo, with Tom Holland and Adam Rutherford hosting
  • Become a character in one for the Authors’ squad’s next novels
  • A signed Bruno Fernandes shirt
  • A walking tour of London with Tom as your guide
  • A place in the Authors’ team for a high-profile match

And there’ll be plenty more besides.

Saturday 24 April


On Saturday 24 April at 8pm, seven magnificent question masters will test your brain power to the full in our charity quiz.

It’s free to enter but we would ask that you make a donation to the Tom Holland Benefit Year, with all money raised going direct to the benefit year’s three charities. You can donate at

The question masters will be:

  • Tom Holland - with questions on history
  • Adam Rutherford - with questions on science
  • Sebastian Faulks - with questions on literature
  • Peter Frankopan - with questions on music
  • Andy Zaltzman - with questions on anything he wants
  • Jonathan Wilson - with questions on sport
  • Marcus Berkmann - with questions on anything he wants

Results will be announced on the evening and prizes will be awarded!

Friday 23 April


Follow Tom on Friday 23 April as he walks from M25 to M25, covering more than 40 miles and taking in three great sporting venues – Lord’s, Craven Cottage and Twickenham.

Tom will be starting at dawn at Epping Foresters CC in Essex, directly above the M25 and finishing up at dusk at Chertsey CC in Surrey. The route will be split into four sections if you want to come along. The likely timings are:

  • leave Epping Foresters CC at 05.10
  • leave Lord’s at 11.30
  • leave Craven Cottage at 14.00
  • leave Twickenham at 16.45
  • arrive Chertsey CC 20.15

But best to follow @holland_tom to make sure...

Please do sponsor Tom at, with all money raised going to the benefit year’s three charities.

Friday 9 April


In association with the Nightwatchman, a zoom-based evening of cricket chat with a stellar panel of commentators – Daniel Norcross, Ebony Rainford-Brent, Andy Zaltzman and Mark Church – with a welcome from celebrity England fan Tom. £10 per ticket, with all proceeds going to the three charities. Each ticket includes a digital copy of the latest Nightwatchman, the fabulous Wisden Cricket Quarterly.

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Friday 26 March


In association with The Blizzard, a zoom-based evening of football chat with a stellar panel of journalists – Jonathan Wilson, Max Rushden, Miguel Delaney and Rory Smith – with a welcome from celebrity Villa fan Tom. £10 per ticket, with all proceeds going to the three charities. Each ticket includes a digital copy of the latest Blizzard, the brilliant football quarterly.

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