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Gibson wins Book of the Year prize Published: 30 April 2010

Of Didcot and the Demon - Anthony Gibson's book about his father, Alan, has won the MCC and Cricket Society Book of the Year prize.

Gibson's father Alan, died in 1997. He was a famous part of the BBC Test Match Special team and a writer of reknown himself - popular for his idiosyncratic style.

His son Anthony writes an unfliching view of the life, times and eventual downfall of his father.

A high-quality writer himself, Anthony's writing shows both compassion and dispassion in equal measures.

Of Didcot and the Demon is available in the Lord's Shop - and other good bookshops.

Award evening

The award evening was held in a packed Long Room at Lord's. The event was attended by more than 200 writers, journalists and Members of MCC and The Cricket Society.

Gibson received his prize from MCC President (and, coincidentally, last year's winner) John Barclay.

Shortlisted books

Of Didcot and the Demon - The Cricketing Times of Alan Gibson - by Anthony Gibson

Harold Larwood - by Duncan Hamilton

Empire and Cricket - The South African Experience 1884-1914 - by Bruce Murray and Goolam Vahed

Golden Boy - The Bad Old Days of Australian Cricket - by Christian Ryan

Imran Khan - The Cricketer, The Celebrity, The Politician - by Christopher Sandford


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