CMJ To Be Honoured At British Sports Book Awards
Legendary journalist, sports writer and commentator Christopher Martin-Jenkins is to be honoured at this year’s British Sports Book Awards where he will pick up the Outstanding Contribution to Sports Writing award.
As a celebration of the very best in sports writing, the accolade from the British Sports Book Awards will be a fitting posthumous tribute to Christopher Martin-Jenkins (‘CMJ’) who was admired across both the world of sports journalism and by the cricket stars whom he wrote about.
During his distinguished career, CMJ held some of the biggest posts in the game, including cricket correspondent of the BBC, cricket correspondent of The Daily Telegraph and The Times, and president of the MCC.
Accepting the award on his behalf at the event will be his wife, Judy Martin-Jenkins. His book, CMJ: A Cricketing Life, has also been shortlisted in the Cricket Book of the Year category. This category is one of nine awards categories representing the most high profile sports in the UK with the winners announced at the 11th annual British Sports Book Awards, to be staged at Lord’s Cricket Ground on 21 May.
David Willis, Chairman of the BSBA, said: “CMJ was a colossus of the cricket world. He was the ultimate writer and commentator, a professional whose passion for the game earned him an unrivalled respect by his peers and an admiration from cricketers at all levels and fans around the world. We are delighted to be able to honour him with the Outstanding Contribution to Sports Writing award.”
SHORTLIST FOR CRICKET BOOK OF THE YEAR
- CMJ: A Cricketing Life by Christopher Martin-Jenkins
- Gentlemen & Players by Charles Williams
- On Warne by Gideon Haigh
- The Plan: How Fletcher and Flower Transformed English Cricket by Steve James
- The Valiant Cricketer - The Biography of Trevor Bailey by Alan Hill
- We'll Get'Em in Sequins: Manliness, Yorkshire cricket and the century that changed everything by Max Davidson
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