FWA Interview: Graham HunterBARCELONA PLAYERS SEE SPEAKING TO THE PRESS AS PART OF THEIR DUTY says award-winning football writer Graham Hunter
By CHRISTOPHER DAVIES
IT WAS the proudest moment of Graham Hunter’s career as Glenn Moore, chairman of the Football Writers’ Association’s books committee, announced that his ‘Barca: The Making Of The Greatest Team In The World’ had been chosen as the football book of the year at the British Sports Book Awards 2013.
FOOTBALL BOOKS OF THE YEAR – THE FINAL SIXEach year the Football Writers’ Association selects the winner of the football category in the British Sports Book Awards. This year’s award – for 2012 - will be revealed at a dinner at Lord’s on Tuesday, May 21. Glenn Moore, chairman of the FWA’s books sub-committee, runs through the short-list (in alphabetical order).
Book ReviewsBy CHRISTOPHER DAVIES
The Football Writers’ Association Books Panel are in the processing of finalising their short list of football books of the year for 2011. While reading some outstanding books published last year is hugely enjoyable, it is fair to assume there will be heated debate when it comes to selecting the top six. The standard, as always, is high.
British Sports Books Awards: ResultsPatrick Barclay and Brian Scovell, both members of the FWA Committee of long standing, both had books nominated in the 2011 British Sports Books Awards at the Savoy on May 9. Patrick's was "Football - Bloody Hell" a biography of Sir ALex Ferguson and Brian's was "Bill Nicholson: Football's Perfectionist."
Brian's book which has just come out in paperback, was also entered in the Biogaphy Section. Five of our Committe members chose Anthony Clavane's "Promised Lane The Reinvention of Leeds United" in the Football Section and they were Mike Collett (chairman), Martin Lipton, Glenn Moore, John Ley and Gerry Cox.
FWA Shortlist for Football Book of the YearEACH YEAR, a select band from the national committee of the Football Writers’ Association, take some time out from writing their own words to read as many football books as possible before deciding on the Football Book of the Year, one of the main categories in the increasingly influential British Sports Book Awards. This year’s winner will be announced at a gala dinner at the Savoy Hotel on May 9.
Book Club: ‘Thank You Hermann Goering’In his time working for the Daily Sketch and Daily Mail, Brian Scovell probably reported on more Test matches and international football matches than any other English sportswriter. This fascinating, amusing and moving memoir is filled with hundreds of anecdotes and insights into top sports personalities and other public figures, including previously untold stories about Maggie Thatcher, John Major, Princess Diana, Brian Lara, Enoch Powell, and Alan Sugar.
Book Club: Scovell achieves third DoubleBrian Scovell, our longest serving member on the FWA Committee, has achieved a third Double in the season that Tottenham Hotspur won the first Double of the last century. His biography of Bill Nicholson commemorating the 50th anniversary has been widely reviewed and his 25th book has just come out, a memoir entitled "Thank You Hermann Goering - A Life of a Sports Writer." Frank Keating said of it "a triumph, it's a terrific piece of work and I read it in one sitting, well, two."
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