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Larwood biography honoured again


Duncan Hamilton has collected another award  for his widely acclaimed biography of Bodyline bowler Harold Larwood ahead of the book's publication in paperback on April 29th.

Harold Larwood,the William Hill Sports Book of the Year and best biography at the National Sporting Club's Sports Book of the Year awards, was named Wisden Book of the Year at a dinner to mark the 147th edition of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.

Hamilton is celebrating his second 'double'. Having previously won the William Hill award for Provided You Don't Kiss Me, his account of his journalist-manager relationship with Brian Clough, he now has two 'Wisdens' to his name, having won in 2009 for Sweet Summers: The Classic Cricket Writing of JM Kilburn.

Reviewing the Larwood book for the Almanack, Robin Martin-Jenkins, the Sussex cricketer, described it as "a biographical tour de force, reading like a great, sweeping historical novel."

Readers who have enjoyed Hamilton's work can look forward to more this summer.

Due to go on sale in July, A Last English Summerpresents his observations on the current state of county cricket, a portrait of the game intertwining history, biography and anecdote with observations made on a journey through the 2009 season.

Follow the link to pre-order.  For more Duncan Hamilton and more on cricket, visit The Sports Bookshelf Shop.

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