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Jonathan Smith’s The Following Game on the longlist for major prize! September 30, 2011

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in Peridot Press.
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We had some fantastic news reach the John Catt Educational offices yesterday: Jonathan Smith’s excellent book The Following Game, published by our imprint Peridot Press, has been named on the longlist for the William Hill Sportsbook of the Year 2011.

We are absolutely delighted for Jonathan, who we know poured his heart and soul into the book. Without exception, every reader we have spoken to has been wowed by sincerity, candour and passion of The Following Gameand all here at Peridot Press are proud to have been involved with the book.

Copies of The Following Game can be purchased from our bookshop.

Now in its 23rd year, and with a prize worth £27,500 for the winner, the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2011 longlist covers a range of sports, including football, cycling, running, cricket and – rather more unusually – bullfighting.

The  Award is the world’s longest established and most valuable literary sports-writing prize. As well as a £23,000 cash prize, the winning author will receive a £2,000 William Hill bet, a hand-bound copy of their book, and a day at the races.

The judging panel for this year’s award consists of broadcaster and writer John Inverdale; award-winning journalist Hugh McIlvanney; broadcaster Danny Kelly; and columnist and author, Alyson Rudd. Chairman of the judging panel is John Gaustad, co-creator of the award and founder of the Sportspages bookshop.

The shortlist will be announced on 28th October. The winner will be announced at a lunchtime reception at Waterstone’s Piccadilly, Europe’s largest bookstore, on Monday 28th November.

Prep School magazine: autumn 2011 issue available now! September 15, 2011

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in Magazines, New releases.
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A stunning new issue of Prep School magazine is back from the printers and landing on staffroom coffee tables around the UK. The mixture of compelling editorial and vibrant images makes for an issue we’ve already twice heard described as “the best yet”.

Features include creative learning in the early years; the new Independent Curriculum; reflections on what modern teaching could learn from Montaigne; and the sexualisation of our youth.

In addition, we reveal the winner of the Prep School Photographer of the Year 2011 competition. We had another fantastic response, with over 150 entries from dozens of schools around the UK. Judging was difficult, but we settled on the photo of Andrea Gurr, a Year 7 pupil from St Michael’s School, Tawstock. Andrea will receive a digital camera, courtesy of John Catt Educational.

Prep School magazine is published three times a year, at the start of each school term, in January, April and September. Subscriptions are available here.

Andrea Gurr, St Michael's School: Winner of the Prep School Photographer of the Year 2011 competition

Review of The Following Game in The New Statesman September 8, 2011

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in New releases, Peridot Press.
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Another excellent review of Jonathan Smith’s The Following Game, published by Peridot Press, an imprint of John Catt Educational.

This time the review, written by historian and journalist Dan Jones, appeared in The New Statesman.

The central question, though – the crease behind which Smith always grounds his bat – is one that he cannot answer. How can it be that a game of bat and ball makes a man feel like his heart could burst? And, knowing that it will, how should he live? Or, in Smith’s words: “Sport matters more than it should, but what if it comes uncomfortably close to mattering more than anything?”

Read more here.

The Following Game is available to buy via the John Catt Bookshop.