We’re excited to announce that Proud – the autobiography of rugby star Gareth Thomas – has been longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award!
The William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award is the world’s longest established and most valuable literary sports-writing prize! The judging panel for this year’s Award consists of: retired professional footballer and former chairman of the Professional Footballer’s Association, Clarke Carlisle; broadcaster and writer John Inverdale; broadcaster Danny Kelly; award-winning journalist Hugh McIlvanney; and columnist and author, Alyson Rudd. Chairman of the judging panel is John Gaustad, co-creator of the Award and founder of the Sportspages bookshop.
Proud is the story of a man with a secret that was slowly killing him. Something that might devastate not only his own life but the lives of his wife, family, friends and teammates. The only place where he could find any refuge from the pain and guilt of the lie he was living was on the pitch, playing the sport he loved. But all his success didn’t make the strain of hiding who he really was go away. His fear that telling the truth about his sexuality would lose him everything he loved almost sent him over the edge.
The deceit ended when Gareth became the world’s most prominent athlete to come out as a gay man. His gesture has strengthened strangers, and given him a fresh perspective. Written with Michael Calvin of the Independent on Sunday, twice Sports Reporter of the Year, Gareth’s inspiring and moving story transcends the world of sport to tell a universal truth about feeling like an outsider, and facing up to who you really are.
The shortlist will be revealed on 24th October, with the overall winner announced at an afternoon reception at BAFTA, in central London, on Thursday 27th November – we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed!