Cross Sports Book Awards

Congratulations go out to the authors of the three books published by Pitch which have been shortlisted for the prestigious Cross Sports Book Awards.

In the official announcement made yesterday at Lord's Cricket Ground, we were pleased and honoured to see two of our titles put forward for Cricket Book of the Year. Well done to Alan Butcher for The Good Murungu and likewise to Ian Heads and Norm Tasker, authors of Richie: The Man Behind the Legend. Also, it was wonderful to see Timothy Johnston & Donald Macgregor deservedly recognised for His Own Man in the shortlist for The Times Biography of the Year.

Click here to see the Cross Sports Book Awards shortlist in full, across all nine categories.

Click here for more information, or to read a sample from The Good Murungu. A sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking account of cricket in Zimbabwe, where Alan Butcher was national coach for three years.

Click here for more information, or to read a sample from Richie: The Man Behind the Legend. Ian and Norm's biography with a difference, collecting together a host of affectionate anecdotes about the great Richie Benaud.

Click here for more information, or to read a sample from His Own Man. The inspirational story of an unjustly forgotten athlete, Otto Peltzer, who ascended the heights, fell from grace under the Nazis, then achieved redemption coaching street children in India.