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Book of the Year shortlist announced

Mark Nicholas is shortlisted for the award
Mark Nicholas is shortlisted for the award

The 2017 Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year Award shortlist has been announced.

The six-strong list includes books from cricket presenter Mark Nicholas and journalist Emma John about their fascination with cricket.

Also included on the shortlist are titles by two former England cricketers: Graeme Fowler’s memoir includes an account of his depression and its effects, while Alan Butcher writes about cricket in Zimbabwe.

Books about cricket in Pakistan and Australia’s Victor Trumper complete the list.

Chair of judges Vic Marks said: “There is some very good writing here. All six books reflect passion for and knowledge about their subject matter

"I look forward to lively discussion at the judges’ final meeting; there is no doubt we will come up with a worthy 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 is highly regarded by writers and publishers.

Last year’s winner was Simon Lister’s Fire in Babylon: How the West Indies Cricket Team Brought a People to its Feet. Dan Waddell won in 2015 with Field of Shadows: The English Cricket Tour of Nazi Germany 1937.

The £3,000 for the winner, and certificates for all the shortlisted books, will be presented at an awards evening in the Long Room at Lord’s on Wednesday 19th April. 

A sell-out audience of 200 people will comprise Members of the Cricket Society and MCC, the shortlisted authors and publishers, as well as some of today’s finest cricket writers and journalists.

The six books on the shortlist are:

Alan Butcher’s The Good Murunghu; Pitch Publishing

Graeme Fowler’s Absolutely Foxed; Simon & Schuster

Gideon Haigh’s Stroke of Genius; Simon & Schuster

Richard Heller and Peter Oborne’s White on Green: A Portrait of Pakistan Cricket; Simon & Schuster

Emma John’s A Memoir of Teenage Obsession and Terrible Cricket; Wisden

Mark Nicholas’ A Beautiful Game, My love affair with cricket; Allen & Unwin

The other five books considered were:

Aravind Adiga’s Selection Day; Pan Macmillan

Keith and Jennifer Booth’s Rebel with a Cause, The Life and Times of Jack Crawford; Chequered Flag

Jon Hotten’s The Meaning of Cricket; Yellow Jersey Press

Andrew Murtagh’s Test of Character; Pitch Publishing

Jonathan Trott with George Dobell’s Unguarded: My Autobiography; Sphere Little, Brown


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