14 April 2011

Matador title shortlisted for British Sports Book Awards

Lambie’s book has been well-received by the trade, media and readers alike with glowing reviews from press critics. Described variously as ‘one of the most remarkable racing books I’ve ever read’ (The Racing Post) and ‘an unmissable read’ (Sir Mark Prescott), the book is an entertaining account of The Life from a long-time insider.

James Lambie worked for the newspaper for many years, the last twelve as northern correspondent, and covered many major events in the sporting world.

This is not the first time that a Matador title has been successful in book awards; four have been shortlisted or commended in recent years with several others ‘called in’ for consideration.

Other sports books to receive industry awards include Pommies by William Buckland which was shortlisted for The Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year Award 2009 and Happy Climbing Tells No Tales by Judith Brown which was shortlisted for the 2007 Boardman Tasker Prize. The Secrets of Hightower by Martin Naylor was shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2010, and received a commendation in the Shorter Novel category while Richard Parkyn’s Balaclava Boy was a winner in the 2009 Holyer An Gof prize, awards that celebrate the resurgence of Cornish publishing.

“We were delighted when James Lambie asked us to publish The Story of Your Life and immediately recognised the book’s merits, so we congratulate him on this richly deserved success,” said Jeremy Thompson, managing director of Matador.

The British Sports Book Awards, which are supported by Skysports and Ladbrokes, will be presented at a star-studded ceremony at The Savoy Hotel on May 9th.

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