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Hornby to receive sports writing award

The British Sports Book Awards is to celebrate its 10th anniversary with three new awards, including a prize for Outstanding Contribution to Sports Writing, that will go to Nick Hornby in its inaugural year.

The other two prizes will go to the best golf and Motorsport books of the year, joining existing categories football, cricket, rugby, and horse-racing.

David Willis, chairman of the BSBA in 2012, said: "The 10th anniversary of the British Sports Book Awards in 2012 also marks the 20th anniversary of Nick Hornby's novel Fever Pitch which altered perceptions about the value and importance of sport in relationships and within society as a whole."

Hornby said: "When you write a book, you can only really hope that people read it and like it, and that it stays around for as long as possible. Fever Pitch is now 20 years old, and it means a lot to me that those who care about sports literature want to recognise it in this way."

The shortlists for all the awards, also including best illustrated book, best new writer and best biography awards, will be revealed on 3rd May, with the winners announced on 21st May.