Five people from the worlds of sport and journalism will go through a rigorous judging process and read the five shortlisted books to find this year’s winner, who will be crowned the 34th Europe Prize.th William Hill Sports Book of the Year at the official awards ceremony on 1of December at the BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London.
Alyson Rudd will serve as chair of the jury for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award (WHSBOTY) for the fourth consecutive year. She is the author of two sports books: a biography of Matthew Harding, the former manager of Chelsea Football Club; and Astroturf Blonde, an account of her playing career in both men’s and women’s soccer teams. She is also an award-winning sportswriter at The Times.
Alongside Alyson, we will find the host, writer and journalist Mark Lawson. As well as being a reviewer and columnist for the Guardian, Mark is a six-time author, and recently completed his book, The Judgments. He cited that becoming a WHSBOTY judge in 2016 was “the fulfillment of one of his greatest ambitions in the sport. »
Longest serving member of the jury, sports presenter. John Inverdale will participate in its 25e and final year as a judge. During his illustrious career as one of the nation’s leading sportscasters, John was named Broadcaster of the Year and Sports Broadcaster of the Year, among other accolades.
Non-Executive Board Member of Brighton and Hove Albion FC and Chairman of Brighton & Hove Albion Women’s FC, michelle walderwill join the jury for the first time this year. She said: “I am both delighted and honored to join the jury for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year this year. »
Former professional footballer Clarke Carlisle is no stranger to the Prize, his autobiography titled The life of a footballer was shortlisted in 2014. Clarke’s thought-provoking BBC3 documentary The secret of suicide in football was shortlisted for the prestigious MIND Media Awards 2014, he was first judge of SBOTY in 2012.
Jury chair Alyson Rudd said: “As a jury, we have the almost impossible task of choosing the 34 winners of the competition.th Winner of William Hill’s Sports Book of the Year. After a record year in terms of registrations, the bar has been set very high.
“Each judge will bring their own expertise as well as experience in sport and literature, and I look forward to presiding over what will be a highly contested meeting.
The 34th The William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award will be announced on 1st December at the BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London. The event will be streamed live beginning at 1:30 p.m. on the @BookiePrize Twitter feed. Read more about the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award here: https://news.williamhill.com/sport/sports-book-of-the-year/.
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Meet the jury that decided the winner of this year’s William Hill Sports Book of the Year award. – Chatborgne