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Duncan Hamilton writes greatest sports book of the year


In keeping with our sporting theme this morning the winner of the 2009 William Hill Sports Book of the Year was announced earlier today in London.

harold-larwoodDuncan Hamilton edged out a great shortlist to his second title this time for his biography of cricketer Harold Larwood: The Authorised Biography Of The World’s Fastest Bowler.

Emerging victorious from a record number of entries (152), Hamilton found himself back in pole position just two years after scooping the prize for his universally acclaimed Brian Clough-themed book, As Long As You Don’t Kiss Me.

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 Larwood’s 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.

The rest of the shortlist included:
Ring of Fire: The inside story of Valentino Rossi and MotoGP by Rick Broadbent
Eclipse: Story of the Rogue, The Madam, The Horse That Changed Racing by Nicholas Clee
Confessions of a Rugby Mercenary by John Daniell
Feet of the Chameleon: The Story of African Football by Ian Hawkey
Simple Goalkeeping Made Spectacular by Graham Joyce

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