Two Rowing Books on the 2019 Telegraph Sports Book Awards Shortlists

9 May 2019

By Göran R Buckhorn

HTBS editor finds it hard to type this article while keeping his fingers crossed.

On Tuesday, 7 May, the list of nominations for the British 2019 Telegraph Sports Book Awards was announced. Among the 58 book titles in nine categories, there are two rowing books: Leander Club – The First 200 Years (Vision Sports Publishing) by Anthony Fiennes Trotman in the Getty Images Illustrated Book of the Year category and More Power (HQ) by Hugh Matheson and HTBS contributor Chris Dodd in the category Biography of the Year.

‘We look forward to finding out who the winners of the awards will be on June 4th at Lord’s Cricket Ground. It is a great list of sporting books, which includes Shane Warne, George Best, Sir Chris Hoy, Geraint Thomas, Dame Kelly Holmes, Lionel Messi, Tiger Woods and many others,’ said Chairman of the Sports Book Awards, David Willis.

Besides Leander Club – The First 200 Years, the following books are nominated in the category Getty Images Illustrated Book of the Year:

A Year In The Frame by Edward Whitaker
I Am Football by Zlatan Ibrahimovic
International Football Kits by John Devlin
Jim Clark – The Best of the Best by David Tremayne
The Beautiful Badge by Martyn Routledge and Elspeth Wills
The Sporting Horse by Nicola Jane Swinney and Bob Langrish MBE – Photographer
Waiting by Richard Kelley

Read more about these books, here.

Besides More Power, which is about the famous rowing coach Jurgen Grobler, the following books are nominated in the category Biography of the Year:

Messi: Lessons in Style by Jordi Puntí
Monsieur X by Jamie Reid
The Unknown Kimi Raikkonen by Kari Hotakainen
Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian
Unbeaten by Mike Stanton

Read more about the books in this category, here.

While Anthony Fiennes Trotman’s Leander Club – The First 200 Years has not been reviewed on HTBS (yet?), Hugh Matheson and Chris Dodd’s More Power has been mentioned several times on this website. On 31 July 2018, Tim Koch wrote a review on the book, “Schweinsdick Grobler”, and on 13 April, I linked in an article, “More on More Power”, to a review I had published on the web sports journal idrottsforum.org, published by the Department of Sport Sciences, Malmö University in Sweden, “Impressive prosopography of ‘the most successful Olympic coach of all time’”. In between these reviews, on 6 September 2018, HTBS published ‘a briefing’ from signature ‘Hammer Smith’, “Something for BR’s Chairman Mark Davies to Investigate?”, criticising British Rowing’s official publication Rowing & Regatta for not mentioning More Power in the magazine.

The 2019 Sports Book Awards, now in its 17th year, will be hosted by Sky Sports Cricket host and former England Cricket Captain David Gower. ‘The awards will be presented at a star-studded ceremony, which takes place at Lord’s Cricket Ground on the evening of 4th June,’ the award organization mentioned in a press release. It continued, ‘Each of the nine category winners will create one final shortlist for The Telegraph Sports Book of the Year, which will also be announced at the end of the ceremony.’

The full 2019 list of award nominations is here.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed from now through 4 June that Leander Club – The First 200 Years and More Power are the winners in their respective categories.

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