Feminine authors dominate world’s oldest sports activities writing prize

FOR THE FIRST time in its historical past, books by feminine authors dominate the William Hill Sports activities Ebook of the Yr Award shortlist.

Following a judging course of by a panel of specialists in sports activities and journalism, 4 of the six are titles written by ladies.

That is the very best proportion of feminine finalists for the reason that competitors began in 1989.

The shortlisted authors will every obtain £3,000 and a leather-bound copy of their ebook.

The award, which is the world’s longest-running sports activities writing prize, will likely be contested by six authors:

Althea: The Lifetime of Tennis Champion Althea Gibson by Sally H. Jacobs

Concussed: Sport’s Uncomfortable Fact by Sam Peters

Good for a Lady: My Life Working in a Man’s World by Lauren Fleshman

Kick The Latch by Kathryn Scanlan

Unbreakable by Ronnie O’Sullivan

Unfair Play: The Battle for Ladies’s Sport by Sharron Davies with Craig Lord

The six-book shortlist was chosen from greater than 150 entries, and has titles that cowl snooker, rugby, tennis, and athletics.

The 4 feminine authors shortlisted – Sally H. Jacobs, Lauren Fleshman, Kathryn Scanlan, and Sharron Davies – are in with an opportunity of turning into the Award’s third feminine winner.

Snooker participant Ronnie O’Sullivan can also be shortlisted, in addition to journalist Sam Peters.

Chair of the judges’ panel for the William Hill Sports activities Ebook of the Yr Award, Alyson Rudd, stated: “That is arguably essentially the most thrilling shortlist within the historical past of the award. It has one thing for everybody, and the standard is exceptionally excessive.

“There’s a means above common autobiography within the type of the web page turner that’s Ronnie O’Sullivan’s ebook and a compelling biography of Althea Gibson, the tennis pioneer too few sports activities followers find out about.

“Sam Peters, in the meantime, bravely and eloquently particulars how concussion has blighted rugby. 

“In the end ladies are being commissioned to put in writing about sport and that is mirrored in the truth that 4 of the shortlisted authors are feminine and two of them, Sharron Davies and Lauren Fleshman, have produced books that lower, courageously, to the center of the challenges going through ladies’s sport.

And, lastly, Kathryn Scanlan has summoned a style busting ebook that captures the uncooked power of sporting ardour.” 

The primary William Hill Sports activities Ebook of the Yr Award happened in 1989, incomes it the title of the longest-established competitors within the business.

The Award has a £30,000 money prize for the winner and will likely be declared on 30 November 2023 at an official award ceremony at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, London.

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