Alert! The biography that lifted off like a Saturn V Moon Rocket after the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup last year, In Black and White: The Jake White story (Zebra Press), has won the 2008 Nielsen Bookseller’s Choice Award.
The award is worth R20 000, and was announced at the annual PASA/SABA dinner in Cape Town last night. It is given to the SA title that bookshop owners large and small most enjoyed reading, selling and promoting during 2007. In Black and White pipped five other SA books to the post: click here for the complete shortlist (which included books by three BOOK SA account holders).
Here’s the book’s official blurb:
In Black and White traces the gripping life story of Springbok rugby coach Jake White, right up to and including the 2007 Rugby World Cup. The first man to coach the Springboks for four successive seasons, White’s rise to the top job in SA Rugby is a journey of intense determination to succeed against all odds: a troubled childhood, coming to terms with the fact that he would never wear a provincial or Springbok blazer, starting out as a school coach, to his eventual elevation to arguably the toughest job in world sport. White takes readers into rugby’s inner sanctum, where politicking and hidden agendas sometimes supersede the best interests of the sport, and relates the incredible highs and desperate lows of being part of the Springbok set-up. Riveting, controversial, sometimes amusing and often unbelievable, White’s story will both absorb and astound.
Jake White recently launched a blog and YouTube channel, and will no doubt welcome notes of congratulations there.