British Society of Sports History

Promoting the Study of the History of Sport

Winner of the Lord Aberdare Literary Prize for Sports History

publication date: Sep 12, 2017


BSSH is delighted to announce that the winner of the Lord Aberdare Literary Prize for Sports History for books published in 2016 is Richard Haynes, BBC Sport in Black and White, published by Palgrave Macmillan.

The awarding panel described the book in these terms:

"An engaging, indeed a refreshing, subject that is presented in a well written and well-structured way.  Covering a range of sports, it forwards a convincing thesis on the pivotal role of broadcasting in the development, management and perception of cricket, football, tennis and so on (and vice versa).  The text covers some original ground and has crossover appeal with entertaining anecdotes balanced by excellent scholarship.  Interestingly, this is as much a media as a sport history text and, as such, illustrates the value in addressing cross-disciplinary audiences."