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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.

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.



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