Pitch Publishing is delighted to announce The Valiant Cricketer, by Alan Hill, has been shortlisted in the Best Cricket Book category at the forthcoming 2013 British Sports Book Awards.

 



Hill's book is the biography of his close personal friend, the late Trevor Bailey - who played first-class cricket for Essex and England.



 

Winners in all various categories will be announced at the awards night, held for the first time this year at Lord's Cricket Ground on Thursday 21st May.



 

A three-time Ashes winner, Bailey is regarded along with Ian Botham as England’s premier all-rounder since the Second World War - and Hill brings his story to life in The Valiant Cricketer.

 



Bailey played 61 Tests and became the second Englishman after Wilfred Rhodes to score 2,000 runs and take 100 wickets. After retirement from the game, he joined the BBC’s Test Match Special programme.

 



Journalist and writer Hill has twice won the prestigious Cricket Society Literary Award for his biographies of fellow Yorkshiremen, Hedley Verity and Herbert Sutcliffe.



 

He has also been acclaimed for his portraits of Surrey legends – Peter May, Jim Laker, Tony Lock and the Bedser twins. Alan is a senior member of the Cricket Writers’ Club.



 

Hill joins a growing list of Pitch Publishing authors to have made the BSBA shortlist in recent years, including Neil Clack for Animals! and David Tossell for Following On.

 



Last year Andy Holgate, for Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run, and Ed Hawkins, for Sporting Chancer, were shortlisted in the New Writer Category; Derek Hammond and Gary Silke, were highly commended for Got, Not Got in football; and Tossell was nominated for Tony Greig in cricket.

 

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