Authors Cartledge and Lane win prestigious book prize

Charles Colvile (left), part of the panel that selected Cartledge and Lane's book as the winner
Charles Colvile (left), part of the panel that selected Cartledge and Lane's book as the winner
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Authors Eliot Cartledge and Tim Lane have won the Littlehampton Book Services Cricket Book Of The Year award at the Cross Sports Book Awards for their book Chasing Shadows: The Life and Death of Peter Roebuck.

Australian pair Cartledge and Lane follow in the footsteps of Peter Oborne, who won the 2015 award for his work on Pakistan cricket, Wounded Tiger.

Although they were unable to attend the awards ceremony, their literary agent commented:

"We’re proud to win this prize and share the life and work of the genius that is Peter Roebuck."

The other books nominated for the prize were Richard Tomlinson's biography of W.G. Grace, Simon Lister's definitive story of the West Indies, Scyld Berry and Steve James' individual appreciations of brilliance on the cricket field and Stephen Chalke's story of county cricket through the ages.

Chasing Shadows charts the rise of ex-Somerset man Roebuck before his untimely death and was selected as a prize winner by a panel comprising Paul Allott, Charles Colville and Bob Willis.

Other award winners on the night, held at Lord's on 1st June, included Max Mosley, Ronda Rousey, Guillem Balague, Tom English and David Millar.

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