Our congratulations go out to Alan Butcher and Andy Murtagh whose The Good Murungu and Test of Character: The Story of John Holder, Fast Bowler and Test Match Umpire were recently long-listed for the prestigious Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year Award 2017. Alan's book assembles a unique collection of anecdotes about his time coaching in Zimbabwe.

 

Meanwhile, John Fuller, author of All Wickets Great and Small and editor of the Cricket Yorkshire website, went one better than a nomination when he scooped the JM Kilburn Cricket Writer of the Year Award. Named after the esteemed Yorkshire Post cricket correspondent Jim Kilburn, the national award has previously gone to Stephen Chalke (2015) for his book celebrating the County Championship and Chris Waters (2014), author of the Fred Trueman biography.

 

Stuart Rayner’s The War of the White Roses – another Yorkshire-based title – was also recently short-listed for the treasured Cricket Writers’ Club Book of the Year. The book chronicles Yorkshire County Cricket Club between 1968 and 1986, and focuses on 18 years of infighting centred around one of England’s most brilliant but most divisive players, Geoffrey Boycott. Announced last month, the worthy eventual award winner was Cricket: The Game of Life by Scyld Berry.

 

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All Wickets Great and Small.

 

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The War of the White Roses.