Oborne, the political editor of The Spectator magazine, beat off strong competition which included Matthew Pinsent's autobiography, 'A Lifetime in a Race,' and another cricket book - Ed's Smith's `On And Off The Field'. Oborne also collected a £1,500 free bet from William Hill as well as a specially commissioned, hand-bound copy of his own book.
The judging panel included Frances Edmonds, wife Phillipe Edmonds, and author of 'Another Bloody Tour,' her perspective of England 1985-86 tour of West Indies. The others on the panel were John Gaustad, founder of Sports Pages bookshop, John Inverdale, Danny Kelly, Paul Hayward and Hugh McIlvanney. Graham Sharpe, a spokesman for William Hill said: "Oborne's book is a timeless and timely tale of how racism blighted a sport."
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