Sowerby Bridge cricket club gets support from 50 Shades of Grey author EL James

Fifty Shades of Grey author E L James during a book signing at Waterstones in Piccadilly, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 6, 2012. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Fifty Shades of Grey author E L James during a book signing at Waterstones in Piccadilly, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 6, 2012. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
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What started as a bid by crime writers RC Bridgestock to restock a flooded bookshop in Hebden Bridge and save it from closure, is now stretching its reach to help a cricket club in Sowerby Bridge.

A host of sportsmen and writers fare giving rare, signed copies of books to an eBay auction and the couple hope this project helps in some small way, to bring Sowerby Bridge Cricket Club back from the brink.

Sowerby bridge CC after floods, Boxing Day 2015

Sowerby bridge CC after floods, Boxing Day 2015

Author EL James from the famous 50 Shades of Grey trilogy has donated a signed copy of her trilogy dedicated to the winner of the auction of her books with all the proceeds going to help the appeal.

Carol Bridgestock, one of the authors behind this amazing scheme, says she and her husband, Bob, a crime writing duo from originally from Calderdale, were wracking their brains about what they might do to help.

“Bob and I spent almost half a century between us working for West Yorkshire Police and helping police the Calder Valley.

“This is a tragedy for local communities where a sports club is the glue knitting together young and old alike and keeping people together.

“We hope the sale will give back where it is needed and help the club get back on its feet.

“Sowerby Bridge Cricket Club has been part of our life since I was a little girl and my brother is the Chair. This club means so much to our family, former colleagues and friends. We will not let it go...”

No one reading the news over the past weeks can be surprised at the generosity and strength of spirit shown across the country, but they may be interested in what is on offer with signed titles from the likes of Simon Jones (The Test) and Nigel Owens (Half Time: My Autobiography) and Ed Ceasar (Two Hours).

Award winning author Stephen Cooper donated The Final Whistle and After the Final Whistle

The Legend of Lord Morvidus, for child sporting fiends, signed by illustrator Jim Troughton former Captain of Warwickshire Cricket Club, which is about a young cricketer conquering his fears to play in his first match.

And Gary James has donated rare, sought after signed copies of books - one Manchester ‘The City Years’ is his last remaining copy and he will sign and dedicate it to the winner.

This has attracted £100 from former England and Manchester City Footballer Francis Lee (Franny Lee), within minutes of the auction going live on Twitter.

There are more signed book on offer from many more writers like Sebastian Faulks Jonathan Wilson, Tom Holland and the Authors Cricket Club Captain and London Literary Agent Charlie Campbell have signed Authors X1.

The Bridgestocks have also been contacted this weekend by other high profile writers and are very excited about titles yet to be announced. They have also received a very generous donation of signed and limited edition books from Rare First Edition specialist book shop Goldsboro Books:

Bernard Cornwell - Warriors of the Storm (Signed first edition)

Ryan Gattis - All Involved (Exclusive signed and numbered slipcase edition /500)

The Book of Memory - Petina Gappah (Signed first edition)

Hugh Howey - Sand (Exclusive signed and numbered slipcase edition /500)

Rachel Joyce - The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy (Exclusive signed and numbered slipcase edition /500)

For more information or how to support this endeavour please go to http://ebay.eu/1NZ7BHO

Any author wishing to donate a book please get in touch with Carol Bridgestock @ rcbridgestock@gmail.com or via their website www.rcbridgestock.com Telephone 07884553698