Ladies and Lords shortlisted for Lord Aberdare Literary Prize 2020

July 27, 2020

We are proud to announce that Rafaelle Nicholson's Ladies and Lords A History of Women’s Cricket in Britain has been shortlisted for the Lord Aberdare Literary Prize 2020.

As part of our Sport, History and Culture series, Ladies and Lords offers the first ever academic study of women’s cricket in Britain from its origins in the 18th century to the present day. It examines women’s cricket from grassroots to international level, in schools, universities, the workplace and clubs. The book draws on a wealth of new source material including player diaries and scrapbooks, club records and the records of the Women’s Cricket Association.

"Utilising her skills as both an academic and well respected journalist, the volume reflects at length on why, when so much has been written on cricket from both literary and academic perspectives, the female element has been largely ignored." — Russell Holden, Nordic Sports Science Forum

Rafaelle Nicholson completed her PhD thesis at Queen Mary University of London. Prior to this she gained a BA in Modern History and Politics at Merton College, Oxford, and an MSt in Women's Studies at Mansfield College, Oxford. She has written on women’s cricket for ESPNCricinfo and Wisden, and is the editor of the women’s cricket website CRICKETher.com.

The Lord Aberdare Literary Prize is awarded each year by the British Society of Sports History for the best book on any aspect of the history of sport in Britain or for the best book on any aspect of sports history written by a British author. The winner will be announced at the 2020 BSSH Conference, which is being held online from August 26 – 28. In 2014, this prize was awarded to David Snowdon for Writing the Prizefight: Pierce Egan’s Boxiana World.