2020 Longlist 

Michael Bates and Tom Huelin, Keeping Up: Michael Bates, the Story of a Specialist Wicketkeeper, independently published

Stephen Chalke, Through the Remembered Gate, Fairfield Books

Alastair Cook with Michael Calvin, Alastair Cook, the Autobiography, Penguin Random House

Ian Gould, Gunner: My Life in Cricket, Pitch Publications

Ashley Gray, The Unforgiven: Mercenaries or Missionaries?, Pitch Publications

Duncan Hamilton, The Great Romantic: Cricket and the Golden Age of Neville Cardus, Hodder & Stoughton

Michael Henderson: That Will be England Gone: The Last Summer of Cricket, Constable

Prashant Kidambi, Cricket Country: An Indian Odyssey in the Age of Empire, Oxford University Press

Mark Peel, Cricketing Caesar: A Biography of Mike Brearley, Pitch Publications

Mark Rowe, Tour de Force: Anti-Apartheid Protest and South Africa’s Cancelled 1970 Cricket Tour of England, ACS Publications

Colin Shindler, Barbed Wire and Cucumber Sandwiches: The Controversial South Africa Cricket Tour of 1970, Pitch Publications 

Luke Sutton, Back From the Edge: Mental Health and Addiction in Sport, White Owl

Tim Wigmore & Freddie Wilde, Cricket 2.0: Inside the T20 Revolution, Polaris Publishing Type your paragraph here.


The Cricket Writers’ Club is delighted to reveal the longlist for the prestigious Derek Hodgson Cricket Book Award for 2020. This is the 13th year of the award, named after the club’s former President and Secretary. Last year’s winner was Steve Smith’s Men by Geoff Lemon.

CWC Chair of Book Awards Richard Hobson said, “Once again, the judges have been impressed by the quality and range of topics on offer, from the autobiography of Alastair Cook, England's leading Test run-scorer, to the case of Michael Bates, a county player whose skill as a specialist wicketkeeper seems to have gone out of fashion.

"The field of history is especially well covered this year including two books to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the aborted 1970 South Africa tour. Publishers of all sizes are represented and Pitch Publications deserve a special mention with four books on the longlist.

"Authors making the cut include the ever-popular Stephen Chalke, who presented the 2019 prize to Geoff Lemon and is seeking a third success with his valedictory book 'Through The Remembered Gate' having won with 'The Way It Was' in 2009 and 'Summer's Crown' in 2015.”

The winning book is judged by the CWC Book Awards Panel and will be announced in October. The winning author receives a prize of £400.