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The 2013 Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year Award short list is announced today. The six-strong list includes books about Australian icon Shane Warne and the less well-known but remarkable George Chesterton. One author brings to life a range of nineteenth and early twentieth Australian and English cricketers and another writes about a press corps infiltrator reports on an England Test series in India. Two books by former county cricketers complete the list. One’s imaginary characters inhabit a 1969 county cricket match. The other examines the effects on England’s cricketing fortunes of their current and former Zimbabwean coaches Andy Flower and Duncan Fletcher.
Chair of judges Vic Marks said: “"It has been hard enough to finalise a short list of six. It will be trickier still to find a winner from such a contrasting selection of books. Fortunately we have a wise panel of judges who are up to the task."
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, Chris Waters, who wrote a book about Fred Trueman, commented upon accepting the award: “I genuinely didn’t expect to win, which you probably gathered from my garbled speech, but it is an award that I will always treasure.” In 2011 Guardian columnist Harry Pearson: “I was amazed. Following Yorkshire since the early seventies hasn't exactly prepared me for success.” While in 2010 a prolonged search of the dustbins at Lord’s failed to locate Anthony Gibson’s excitedly discarded winning cheque.
The £3000 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 Monday 15 April. A sell-out audience of 200 people will consist of members of the Cricket Society and MCC, the shortlisted authors and their publishers, and many of today’s finest cricket writers and journalists, including members of the Cricket Writers Club.
Notes for editors:
The six books on the shortlist (alphabetically by author):
The other thirteen books considered (alphabetically by author):
Nineteen books – nominated by either Cricket Society or MCC members (not publishers) – were whittled down to six 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 Lowe (The Cricket Society). Nigel Hancock is the competition’s administrator.
The Cricket Society – www.cricketsociety.com and Twitter @CricketSociety – encourages a love of cricket through playing, watching, reading and listening. It supports young cricketers, makes annual awards, holds regular meetings, publishes an acclaimed journal and has a cricket team.
MCC is the custodian of the Laws and Spirit of Cricket, an innovative independent voice in world cricket, and a passionate promoter of the game. It is also the world’s most active cricket-playing club and the owner of Lord’s – The Home of cricket.
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