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Claiming the greatest honour in sports-writing, The Secret Race created news headlines earlier this year, and has been widely described as the most damning indictment yet of Tour winners, such as Tyler’s former teammate Lance Armstrong. Announced by John Inverdale at a lunchtime ceremony at Waterstones Piccadilly, Europe’s largest bookstore, The Secret Race was hailed by judges as “a landmark publication”. In 2009 Hamilton met with writer Daniel Coyle for dinner (the two had met five years earlier while Coyle was writing his bestselling book, Lance Armstrong: Tour de Force) where he revealed he wanted to come clean about the doping, the lying, his years as Lance Armstrong’s teammate and his decade spent running from the truth. Over the next eighteen months, Hamilton told not only his story, but also his sport’s story, pulling back the curtain on the secret world of professional cycling like never before. William Hill spokesman and co-founder of the prize, Graham Sharpe, said:

“The mysterious world of cycling holds a certain fascination in the public consciousness – now more than ever following the recent home-grown success in the sport. The Secret Race lifts the lid on that world and delivers a shocking and jaw-droppingly frank account of what it’s like to compete at the highest level. The Secret Race is the third – and most controversial – book about cycling to have claimed the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award: Paul Kimmage won the second ever Award for his ground-breaking Rough Ride, before Lance Armstrong and Sally Jenkins took the honour ten years later for It’s Not About the Bike, the now contentious but nonetheless inspirational tale of Armstrong’s amazing recovery from cancer”.

Now in its 24th year, the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award is the world’s longest established and most valuable literary sports-writing prize. As well as a £24,000 cash prize, the winning author will receive a £2,000 William Hill bet, a specially-commissioned hand-bound copy of their book and a day at the races.


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The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle (Bantam Press) has been shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year.

Described as the ‘the most varied shortlist’ the prize has ever had, the other titles on the shortlist are:

  • That Near-Death Thing – Inside the TT: The World’s Most Dangerous Race by Rick Broadbent (Orion)
  •  Running with the Kenyans – Discovering The Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth by Adharanand Finn (Faber)
  • Be Careful What You Wish For by Simon Jordan (Yellow Jersey)
  • Fibber in the Heat by Miles Jupp (Ebury Press)
  • A Life Without Limits – A World Champion’s Journey by Chrissie Wellington, with Michael Aylwin (Constable & Robinson)
  • Shot and a Ghost: A Year in the Brutal World of Professional Squash by James Willstrop with Rod Gilmour (James Willstrop / Rod Gilmour)

The winner will be announced at Waterstones Piccadilly Monday 26th November.

Tyler Hamilton is a former professional road cyclist and was a team-mate of Lance Armstrong on the US Postal cycling team during the 1999, 2000 and 2001 Tour de France competitions. Hamilton appeared at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, winning a gold medal at the latter which he returned in 2011 after admitting that he had used performance enhancing drugs in competition.

Daniel Coyle is the bestselling author of Lance Armstrong: Tour de Force and The Talent Code.



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Announced last night at the glamorous awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Wiley Cash was awarded the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger by the Crime Writers Association. The prize is awarded in memory of CWA founder John Creasey, for first books by previously unpublished writers.

Wiley joins an illustrious list of past John Creasey winners such as SJ Watson (for Before I Go To Sleep) and Johan Theorin (for Echoes of the Dead).

The Judges said that ‘A Land More Kind Than Home’ is “A potent mix of religion, fundamentalism and murder in America’s Deep South , Wiley Cash’s A Place More Kind than Home is a powerfully written study of the places religious fanaticism can lead you. ”

Joined by his wife on his first visit to the UK, Wiley said that “As an American writer, it’s a shock and a real honour to win an award in a genre with such a proud British tradition”.

To order a copy of the book visit Random House Books and for more information on Wiley’s inspirations and how he came to write his debut click here.

More photos of the night to come.

You can also catch all of the action on TV as the awards will be broadcast on 23rdOctober on ITV3.

Wiley Cash with the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

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Michael Logan at the StoryMoja Hay Festival
by Leanne on Sep 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Michael Logan author of Apocalypse Cow, and the joint winner of the inaugural Terry Pratchett First Novel Award, appeared at this year’s StoryMoja Hay Festival in Nairobi. The festival works across five continents, bringing writers to debate and meet with audiences around the world.  Other writers taking part included Giles Foden, Dinaw Mengestu, Precious Williams and Muthoni Garland, to name a few.

You can read about Michael’s experiences at the festival on their blog:

Michael also wrote a short story as part of the Hay Festival, ‘The Red Lion’  for the Telegraph, which can be found here:


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Ben Fogle was travelling the length and breadth of the country last week to promote his new book, The Accidental Naturalist. Here’s what he had to say about the week:

I am on a train speeding along the Northumberland coastline. The North Sea looks cold and stormy, frothed up by a stiff offshore breeze. The sky is a light, soft blue; cloudless and bright. We are skirting past small fishing communities and empty beaches, and soon Holy Island comes into view. I am on the East coast train from Edinburgh to London; I’ve spent the week on a book tour that has taken me across the country, and what has become glaringly obvious is what a magical land Britain is.


I began in the West Country and the spa town of Bath, a World Heritage Site with its magnificent Palladian architecture, before heading north to Peterborough and then Spalding. I have always loved Edinburgh, but it also gave me an excuse to visit Tian Tian and Yang Guang, the pandas who arrived from China last year to much fanfare. Who would have thought that a blustery hill overlooking this historic city was where I would catch my first glimpse of one? I was quite moved – but there was no time to loiter. I headed south towards the Scottish Borders and the pretty little village of St Boswells on the Tweed, which holds the record for the most award-winning shops in the country. The bookshop, butcher, post office and fish-and-chip shop have all won awards. From my hotel window I could see an endless landscape of rolling wheat fields. The scene took my breath away as I watched fleets of combine harvesters making maximum use of early September’s warm, dry weather.


From St Boswells I headed to York, with its magnificent cathedral, then to Leeds, before returning to Poole in Dorset and hitching a lift in a boat back to my alma mater, Portsmouth University, from which I have received an honorary doctorate. I made a triumphant entrance into Gunwharf by speedboat, where my South American travel companion, the comedian Hugh Dennis, was waiting to welcome me. Finally I visited Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire before returning home.


It was an exhausting week but it reminded me how beautiful and varied Great Britain is. The country looked magnificent from the window of a speeding train. I’ll miss the late-summer sunshine and warmth as I head deep into the Alaskan wilderness next week.


From The Sunday Telegraph 9th September 2012



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Wiley Cash shortlisted for CWA New Blood Dagger
by Kate on Aug 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm

We’re very excited to announce that as of today, debut author Wiley Cash has been short listed for the CWA New Blood dagger for the Best New Crime Writer of the Year!

Click here to read a little more on Wiley’s inspirations on writing this first novel A Land More Kind Than Home and a little more on the book.

The winners of 13 Awards will be announced at The Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards on Thursday 18 October at the Grosvenor House Hotel. The awards include the CWA Gold Dagger for the Best Crime Novel of the Year, the CWA Steel Dagger for the Best Thriller of the Year, and the CWA New Blood dagger for the Best New Crime Writer of the Year, alongside the Specsavers Bestseller Dagger and Film and TV-based Daggers. For details of these visit

To order your copy of A Land More Kind Than Home visit the Random House website.

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Adam Smith appearing at the Chiswick Book Festival
by Jonny on Aug 16, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Adam Smith, head of Sky Sports Boxing will be appearing at the Chiswick Book Festival to talk about his book Beautiful Brutality.

Beautiful Brutality is the first book to examine the world of boxing from the perspective of family.  Sky Sports boxing expert Adam Smith lays bare the raw emotion at the heart of the sport.

Now in its fourth year, the festival raises money for St Michael & All Angels Church, which hosts the event, and three charities which support reading and literacy. Adam will be appearing at the festival, which this year features events with Clare Balding and Michael Palin.

Tickets are available from the Chiswick Book Festival website here

Saturday 15th September 


The Tabard Theatre

Here’s a great video from iFilm London, who were at the recent launch of Adam’s book.

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Forge of Darkness by Steven Erikson OUT NOW
by Jonny on Jul 27, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Steven Erikson’s latest novel Forge of Darkness is already getting some great reviews, including a rave thumbs up from none other than music legend Gary Numan!

Gary praised Forge of Darkness, as well as Steven Erikson’s previous series, The Malazan Book of the Fallen, going so far as to say that Steven’s writing had even inspired him in his own career.

Forge of Darkness is the first novel in an awesome new fantasy trilogy from Steven Erikson. The trilogy is a stand-alone series but also a prequel to the author’s epic Malazan Book of the Fallen.

To order a copy of the book visit rbooks.

For more information about Steven Erikson visit



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The longlist for the Man Booker Prize has been announced, with The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by debut novelist Rachel Joyce featuring on the list. Rachel joins three other debut novelists, Will Self and former Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel.


Since its publication in March, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry has already been sold to 29 territories worldwide and was shortlisted for The Desmond Elliott prize earlier this year. Waterstones also featured The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry as their April Book of the Month.  Erica Wagner of The Times has described Rachel Joyce’s debut novel as ‘the next One Day’ and it looks set to continue to be one of the most high profile debut novels of 2012.

The Man Booker Prize shortlist will be announced on the 11th September and the winner on the 16th October. In an exclusive interview Rachel has said:

“What a wonderful surprise that The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry has been selected for the Man Booker Prize long list.  I’m delighted, excited, honoured – all in wild measures. The publication of the book still feels so new to me, and I feel truly privileged to be included on such a prestigious list.”

For more information about Rachel visit or you can follow Harold on Twitter@Harold_Fry

Need a refresher about The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry? Check out the trailer below!


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Hot news from Transworld and agent Jane Gregory – announced this morning from Harrogate

Transworld Publishers are delighted to announce the acquisition of two novels by UK debut author Paula Daly.

Rachel Rayner, Commissioning Editor, bought Just What Kind of Mother Are You? and The Day Before You Came from agent Jane Gregory at a lively auction involving six major publishers.

Just What Kind of Mother Are You? is a novel that plays on one of your greatest fears – what would you do if your best friend’s daughter went missing on your watch? That’s what happens to Lisa Kallisto – an overwhelmed working mother of three – one freezing December day in the Lake District. Not only is thirteen-year-old Lucinda missing and it’s all Lisa’s fault, but she’s the second teenage girl to go missing from the area in the last fortnight. But, as she peels away the layers surrounding Lucinda’s disappearance, Lisa learns that all is not quite as it first appears to be.

“I’m incredibly excited to be working with Paula Daly at the beginning of what I’m sure will be a brilliant career. Just What Kind of Mother Are You?, with its terrifying premise, distinctive voice and cracking plot, has that instant word-of-mouth quality, evidenced by the enthusiastic in-house reads and immediate buzz from my colleagues across all departments here,” said Rachel Rayner.

“It has been an exciting auction and I’m thrilled that Transworld are publishing,” said Jane Gregory.

Paula Daly said: “I am absolutely delighted to be published by Transworld. It’s a real honour to be in the company of such incredibly talented authors as Kate Atkinson, SJ Watson and Belinda Bauer.”

Just What Kind of Mother Are You? will be published in Bantam Press hardcover and ebook in Spring 2013, with Paula’s second novel The Day Before You Came to come a year later. Transworld Publishers hold UK & Commonwealth (excluding Canada) rights for both books. Internationally, rights have already been sold in Germany (Goldmann Verlag), Italy (Longanesi), Holland (De Fontein (De Kern)) and Israel (Kinneret-Zmora-Dvir Publishing).


For further information, please contact:
Alison Barrow
Director of Media Relations
Transworld Publishers
Direct line: 020 8231 6654
Mobile 07970 450 184


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