By Tim Ashworth

Chip Le Grand Wins Inaugural William Hill Australian Sports Book of The Year for ‘The Straight Dope’

[Image: Chip Le Grand, left, and The Australian’s Victorian editor John Ferguson at an event discussing The Straight Dope.]

Le Grand was crowned the winner for his book ‘The Straight Dope’, a meticulous account of the ASADA drug scandal that gripped Australian sport.

Le Grand is renowned for his work with The Australian with ‘The Straight Dope’ being his first publication.

“The strength of Le Grand’s book lies in its exhaustive research,” judging panel member Charlie Happell said.

“It’s a heady mix of egos, politics and personal feuds.”

Le Grand won the $20,000 first prize awarded by the judging panel that included Happell, Ben Ikin, Jacquelin Magnay, Gerard Whateley and Robert Craddock.

Founder of the Australian edition of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year and Head of Editorial, Nick Tedeschi, was thrilled with the announcement made at the Sydney Cricket Ground today.

“The book was an incredible read and we are extremely proud to have Chip Le Grand as the inaugural winner of the William Hill Australian Sports Book of the Year,”

Notes to Editors

  1. This year’s prize was open to any full-length book, providing the subject was predominantly sporting with the first edition commercially published or be scheduled for commercial publication between 15 October 2014 and 15 October 2015;.
  2. The winning author receives $20,000. The other Shortlisted authors will receive $1,000 cash.
  3. About the winner of the inaugural  William Hill Australian Sports Book of the Year Award 2015:

    THE STRAIGHT DOPE, By Chip Le Grand (Melbourne University Press)

    Respected journalist Chip Le Grand provides an inside account into Australian sport’s biggest ever drug scandal in The Straight Dope. Le Grand is meticulous in detailing the roles of clubs in both the AFL and NRL, sports administrators, government bodies, politicians and any number of others caught up in a tale of power, politics, greed and rivalry.

    About the Author - Chip Le Grand

    Chip Le Grand is a journalist who has written about sport, crime and politics for more than 20 years, primarily for The Australian. His coverage of the Essendon drugs scandal won awards from the Melbourne Press Club and the Australian Sports Commission and was short-listed by the Walkley Foundation. This is his first book.

    Chip Le Grand is a journalist who has written about sport, crime and politics for more than 20 years, primarily for The Australian. His coverage of the Essendon drugs scandal won awards from the Melbourne Press Club and the Australian Sports Commission and was short-listed by the Walkley Foundation. This is his first book.

William Hill Australian Sports Book of The Year