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Congratulations go out to Steve Neal, author of Over and Out, on today's news that his biography of controversial Edwardian cricketer Albert Trott has been shortlisted for the Cricket Writers' Club Book of the Year 2017.
The full list of six books on the short list is as follows:
The award will be announced on October 3 at the CWC's Annual Lunch. This is the 11th year of the award and thus, with a full team of books, it is also hoped to select a winner of winners.
Family madness, a gun, the first double hat-trick in a single innings, a batting average of 102.5 for Australia in tests: Albert Trott, was one of the most unusual and talented cricketers ever to play the game. Now, for the first time, the story of his life is told in a full-length biography.
Albert Trott was a great all-rounder, the Botham of his day:
There is no portrait of Albert Trott in the Long Room in the Lord’s pavilion. His cricketing feats have been largely unacknowledged. It is time for him to take up his rightful place in the history of the game. The book includes research from the Lord’s archives and photographs that have not been seen for many years.
Click here for more information, or to read a sample from Over and Out.