A small Bristol publisher has been short-listed for the British Sports Book Awards at the first attempt.
Montroy Media Ltd is a finalist in the Best Rugby Book category with ‘After The Lemons — the glory years of Bath rugby’, written by Bristol-based sports journalist Kevin Coughlan with former Bath club officials Peter Hall and Colin Gale.
John Taylor, Director of Montroy Media, will be with the authors when the winners are announced at a black-tie dinner at the Savoy in London on 9 May. The event, which attracts celebrities from across the sporting world, is being broadcast by Sky Sports News and talkSPORT.
After The Lemons tells the remarkable story of how Bath came to dominate the game of rugby union in the 1980s and 1990s before the game went professional. It draws on previously confidential club archives, contemporary reports and the authors’ own sources, as well as new interviews with those involved and season-by-season statistics.
John, who has 30 years experience in the print and publishing industry and is also involved in design agency Sweet Design, said: “After The Lemons is our first publication so we’re delighted to reach the finals of the British Sports Book Awards.
“We’ve handled every aspect of the production, including design, typesetting and distribution through the www.afterthelemons.co.uk website. There’s no doubt it has been very well received, especially among Bath rugby supporters.”
Author Kevin Coughlan, who also has wide marketing communications experience, added: “It’s been a real team effort, as you’d expect with a small business. Apart from writing the book over a period of seven years, I’ve clocked up more than a 1,000 miles in recent months visiting local booksellers and delivering consignments of books.”
After The Lemons is available from local booksellers and at www.afterthelemons.co.uk. Find out more about the book here… http://www.britishsportsbookawards.co.uk/book/76/237/After-the-Lemons