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The shortlist for the Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year Award 2011 has been announced - with the winner presented at Lord's on 19 April.
Cricket memory, nostalgia and humour are prominent themes of the shortlist, announced today, for the prestigious Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year Award 2011. Chair of judges Vic Marks said:
"This is a very varied list. In an even year for cricket book publishing there is no clear front-runner. All five books have their advocates among the judges and I anticipate frank and lively exchanges when we meet after the ICC World Cup to determine a winner."
The competition, run by The Cricket Society since 1970 and in partnership with MCC since 2009, is for books nominated by MCC and Cricket Society Members and not publishers and is highly regarded by writers and publishers.
Four years ago the delighted winner, Scyld Berry, hailed his award as "cricket’s seal of literary approval."
Last year a prolonged search of the Lord’s dustbins failed to locate Anthony Gibson’s excitedly discarded winning cheque.
The £3,000 for the winner, and certificates in respect of the shortlisted books, will be presented at an awards evening in the Long Room at Lord’s on Tuesday 19 April.
A sell-out audience of 200 people will comprise Members of both organisations, the shortlisted authors and their publishers, and many of today’s finest cricket writers and journalists including Members of the Cricket Writers Club.
The five books on the shortlist (alphabetically by author):
Now I’m 62, The Diary of an Ageing Cricketer; by Stephen Chalke, Fairfield books
A Last English Summer; by Duncan Hamilton, Quercus Books
The Cricketer’s Progress – Meadowland to Mumbai; by Eric Midwinter, Third Age Press
Slipless in Settle – A Slow Turn Around Northern Cricket; by Harry Pearson, Little Brown
Following On - A Year with English Cricket’s Golden Boys; by David Tossell, Pitch Publishing Ltd.
The other eleven books on the long list:
A History of Canadian Cricket: An Immigrant’s Game?; by Patrick Adams, lulu.com
Fifty Finest: A Tribute to England’s Test Cricket History; by Andre Bee, Bridge Books
The Last Everyday Hero: The Bert Sutcliffe Story; by Richard Boock, Longacre
A Long Half Hour; by Stephen Chalke, Fairfield Books
Inns and Outs, A Book about Cricket-related Inn Signs and Pub Names; by Anthony Collis and Geoff Wellsteed, Square Leg Publications
Swinging Away – How Cricket and Baseball Connect (opens in a new window); by Beth Hise, Scala Publishers Ltd.
Jack Bond; by Douglas Miller, ACS Lives in Cricket Series
Blood, Sweat and Treason; by Henry Olonga, Vision Sports Publishing
The Montpellier Cricket Club (Predecessor of Surrey CCC); by Phillip Paine, Mischief Makers
The Victory Tests; by Mark Rowe, Sportsbooks
Peter Pan’s First XI – The Extraordinary Story of JM Barrie’s Cricket Team; by Kevin Telfer, Sceptre
Sixteen books - nominated by either Cricket Society or MCC Members and not publishers - were whittled down to five by a panel of judges independently chaired by writer and broadcaster and former England and Somerset cricketer Vic Marks.
The other judges are David Kynaston and Stephen Fay (MCC) and John Symons and Chris Finch (The Cricket Society). Nigel Hancock is the competition’s administrator.