61, The Spurs Double comes second in sports book vote

Updated: May 10

Anthony Clavane’s book Promised Land has been voted British Sports Book of the Year by the public. It came in just ahead of 61, The Spurs Double which I wrote alongside Adam Powley and designer Doug Cheeseman. While we’d love to have won, Anthony’s book looks a worthy winner and it’s certainly on my reading list. Ostensibly about the rebirth of Leeds United, the book is a tale of community and identity as well as a personal account of what shaped the author.


61 beat a very strong field to win its category as Best Illustrated Book at the National Sporting Club’s award ceremony last month, and we were all delighted with that. To come second in an even stronger field composed of all the category winners, and to do so in a public vote, is immensely humbling. I’d like to thank all the people who Tweeted, Facebooked, emailed and otherwise strove to get the vote out for us – yet another example of the incredible goodwill we’ve received during the course of producing the book. And of course, if you haven’t bought a copy yet – you really should.


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