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William Hill Sports Book of the Year - winner announced
Doped: The Real Life Story of the 1960s Racehorse Doping Gang, by Jamie Reid has won the 25th William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.
FT columnist and journalist Jamie Reid's exposé of a 1960s horse racing scandal has pipped bookies' favourite Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the post, and taken the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.
At an event this evening at The Hospital Club in London, broadcast live on BBC Radio 4's Front Row, Doped: The Real Life Story of the 1960s Racehorse Doping Gang was praised as “an absolutely thrilling read” by the judges. In particular, they were impressed by Reid's ability to use the immense quantity and quality of his research to bring to life the vast cast of characters which made up the story of crooked bookie Bill Roper ("Roper the Doper"), his Swiss mistress, and their elaborate doping scam.
The book is “generously scattered with sex and drugs and royalty," said William Hill spokesman, and co-founder of the Award, Graham Sharpe. He explained that the book was a worthy winner for the way it “lures the reader into his masterly recreation of late 50s/early 60s England in which social class counted for far more than workplace competence."
As the winner, Reid receives a £25,000 cash prize, a £2,500 William Hill bet, a hand-bound copy of their book, and a day at the races - which will hopefully prove a dope-free event.
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