The Game of Our Lives named William Hill Sports Book of the Year
David Goldblatt's fascinating look at the socio-economic context of the beautiful game has won this year's award.
The Game of Our Lives by David Goldblatt has been named William Hill Sports Book of the Year. The book comprehensively examines the changing face of English football and how it reflects the nation as a whole.
Goldblatt is an outstanding storyteller and the book has been described by the judges as “an exceptional winner”. Meticulously researched, it is an account of the sport’s evolution in post-Thatcher Britain, which seamlessly weaves pithy and amusing personal insights into a thoughtful treatise on the state of the nation.
Chairman of the judging panel, John Gaustad, said: “This is a serious, insightful yet compellingly readable book on a subject that affects the lives of everyone in the country, be they football fans or not.”
“Goldblatt looks at football through the prism of its economic, cultural and reputational effect on the UK, and pulls no punches in his conclusions. The Game of Our Lives will become required reading for anyone studying the history of late 20th and early 21st Century Britain.”
William Hill spokesman, Graham Sharpe, added: “Goldblatt expertly charts how football has changed, and the country with it, in recent years, and makes a convincing case that the sport is as much of a cultural and economic barometer for England’s well-being as music, literature, film and television.”
“It is an exceptional winner – it has to be, up against this incredible shortlist.” You can browse the shortlist here.
As he collects the £27,000 cheque, Goldblatt joins an illustrious list of past winners including Nick Hornby, Duncan Hamilton, and Donald McRae.
What does it mean when football becomes so central to our private and political lives? Has it enriched us or impoverished us? In this book, the author argues that no social phenomenon tracks the momentous economic, social and political changes of the post - Thatcherite era in a more illuminating manner than football, and more.