Congratulations to Cora Staunton and Mary White on the success of their book Game Changer in the Bord Gais Energy Sports Book of the Year at the An Post Irish Sports Book Awards on Tuesday night.
It is the first biography of a woman who plays Gaelic games and as such they now have a 100 per cent record. They also beat off some major competition in the shape of ‘At All Costs’ by Davy Fitzgerald with Vincent Hogan; ‘Fighter’ by Andy Lee with Niall Kelly; ‘The Obsession’ by Seán Cavanagh; ‘The Hurlers’ by Paul Rouse; and ‘Driven’ by Rosemary Smith with Ann Ingle.
It is an award that has been won in the past by Brian O’Driscoll’s and Jim McGuinness’s biographies as well as David Walsh’s Seven Deadly Sins.
The winner is determined by a mix of public vote and the opinion of an expert panel put together by the Irish Book Awards.
This year over 100,000 votes were cast across the multiple categories.
The accolade should give a significant boost to sales in the pre-Christmas period.