Good in attack, strong in defence: military sports book up for prize

Posted by mjs76 at Aug 09, 2011 03:11 PM |
Award nomination for Leicester historian’s book on squaddies in sports kit.

Last year, Dr Eliza Riedi from our School of Historical Studies co-wrote a groundbreaking volume on the history of sport in the British armed forces. Sport and the Military: the British Armed Forces, 1880-1960 (jointly authored with Professor Tony Mason from De Montfort University up the road) was published by Cambridge University Press and has now been shortlisted for the Aberdare Literary Prize.

The prize is awarded annually by the British Society of Sports History (BSSH) for the best book about the history of British sport (or about the history of sport, by a British author). It is named after Lord Aberdare (1919-2005), who was Chairman of the Football Trust, President of the Tennis and Rackets Association and an eight-time British amateur real tennis champion (four singles titles, four doubles).

The winner of the Aberdare Prize will be announced at the BSSH annual conference in September.

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