Duncan Hamilton wins William Hill Sports Book of the Year award

As reported by BookBrunch.co.uk:

For the second time, Duncan Hamilton has won the world’s most prestigious – and richest – prize for sports writing, the William Hill Sports Book of the Year, with Harold Larwood: The Authorised Biography of the World’s Fastest Bowler (Quercus).

The award, presented at a ceremony at Waterstone’s Piccadilly yesterday and broadcast on Five Live, is 21 years old, and, fittingly, Graham Sharpe, Media Relations Director at William Hill, said it had been the strongest year ever for entries – more than 150 of them, double last year’s tally. Any of the long-listed titles would have been a worthy enough winner – which was always going to mean that the judges would have a hard time choosing just one book from the eventually shortlisted.

Published earlier this year to rave reviews, Harold Larwood recounts the triumph, betrayal and redemption of a working-class hero and forgotten titan of English cricket. Using documents provided by the Larwood family, Hamilton takes the reader on an intimate and compelling journey: from the cricketer’s humble upbringing in a Nottinghamshire mining village, through the shock of Bodyline and its traumatic aftermath, to his emigration to Sydney, where he and his family found happiness. Sharpe described the book as “a remarkable achievement. He stunned us two years ago with his brilliant book about Brian Clough – the fact that he’s done it again with a completely different sporting legend is testament to his talent as a writer”.