Dr Bryce Evans competes with Roy Keane and Roddy Doyle for Irish Book AwardThursday 30 October 2014
A book by Liverpool Hope History and Politics Lecturer Dr Bryce Evans is to compete against Roddy Doyle’s biography of Roy Keane for the Irish Sports Book of the Year.
Dr Evans’s Book, A Different Shade of Green: The Alan McLoughlin Story, is one of six titles in the shortlist, which also includes Roy Keane and Roddy Doyle’s The Second Half (Keane is a former team mate of McLoughlin); The Race to the Truth, Emma O Reilly’s account of the Lance Armstrong cycling scandal and The Test by Brian O'Driscoll.
In 1993, Alan McLoughlin scored the equalising goal against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park, a strike which sent Jack Charlton’s team to USA’94.
Two years ago, he was diagnosed with cancer of the kidney. McLoughlin offered himself as a human guinea-pig for a new drug in the hope of helping others beat the disease, despite risks to his own health. Dr Evans’ book charts McLoughlin’s treatment and also looks at his time as a player during the glory years of Irish football under Jack Charlton.
The award is decided by a combination of judges’ recommendation and public vote.
Voting closes at midnight 21st November 2014.
Cast your vote here: http://www.irishbookawards.ie/2014-shortlists-voting/