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Michael Taylor 30th Nov 2010 - 14:40

Brian Moore scoops world's richest sports book prize

Former England and British Lions rugby union hooker Brian Moore today received the greatest honour in sports writing, after his gritty and revelatory autobiography Beware of the Dog: Rugby's Hardman Reveals All was announced as the winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2010.

Published earlier this year to widespread acclaim and media attention, Beware of the Dog presents an unparalleled insight into the mind of one of rugby's most successful and controversial characters, in his own words. Praised by the judging panel for its honesty and candour, Beware of the Dog charts the life of one of rugby's toughest players: from his early days as the much-loved but wayward adopted son of a Methodist family and the shocking revelations of sexual abuse, disclosed for the first time, to the extraordinary highs and lows he experienced during a rugby career in which he won 64 caps.

William Hill spokesman and co-founder of the prize, Graham Sharpe, said:

"As a trained solicitor and a lover of opera, fine wine and Shakespeare, Brian Moore in no ordinary sportsman. So it follows that this is no ordinary book. Candid and rigorous, it's a uniquely engaging book and a fascinating exploration of what lies beneath the tough exterior of one of England's greatest rugby players".

Waterstone's Sports Buyer, Joe Browes, said:

"For a memoir to lift itself above the rest, the author must give something of themselves to the writing, as Marcus Trescothick did when he won the William Hill Award. Moore displays the same raw honesty that made Trescothick's book so memorable and he thoroughly deserves this prize, and the great sales that will come with it."

Brian Moore played in three World Cups, won three Grand Slams (1991, 1992 and 1995), went on two British Lions tours and in 1991 was voted Rugby World Player of the Year. Since retiring from rugby, he has become an uncompromising commentator on sport, broadcasting for the BBC and writing for The Daily Telegraph, for which he was nominated for Sports Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards in 2009.

Moore was named the winner of the 22nd William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award at a lunchtime ceremony at Waterstone's Piccadilly, Europe's biggest bookstore. As well as a £22,000 cheque, presented by prize judge and broadcaster John Inverdale, Moore also receives a £2,000 William Hill bet, a hand-bound copy of his book, and a day at the races.

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