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Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Launch Business Book of the Year Award 2007

The Financial Times and Goldman Sachs are this week announcing the launch of the Business Book of the Year Award 2007.

The Award is designed to highlight the business book that provides the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues, including management, finance and economics. Entries are invited from publishers of business books in the English language that are first published between 31st October 2006 and 1st November 2007. The deadline for entries is 29th June 2007 and the entry form is available online at www.ft.com/bookaward.

 

The judging panel will select a shortlist of up to six authors, which will be announced in September. The overall winner will be announced at a gala event in London on 25th October 2007.

As per last year, the judging panel comprises:
•Lionel Barber, editor, Financial Times
•Lloyd C. Blankfein, chairman and chief executive officer, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc
•John Gapper, chief business commentator and associate editor, Financial Times
•Jeffrey Garten, Juan Trippe Professor of International Trade, Finance and Business, Yale School of Management
•Rachel Lomax, deputy governor for monetary policy, Bank of England
•N.R. Narayana Murthy, chairman and chief mentor, Infosys Technologies
•Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive, WPP

The winner will be awarded £30,000, and each of the remaining shortlisted authors will receive £5,000.

Lionel Barber said: "The Business Book of the Year Award is now firmly established in the publishing calendar. The previous two winners have produced works that have proved business books can be beautifully crafted and influence the way readers think. I am thrilled to be judging the entries once again this year."

Lloyd Blankfein said: "This award encourages business people to step outside the press of their daily activities and learn from the important work these authors are doing."

The 2006 Award was won by James Kynge for China Shakes the World. The Award was presented at a gala dinner in New York, which was attended by over 200 senior executives from the publishing and business communities. Winner of the inaugural award in 2005 was Thomas Friedman for his book The World Is Flat. Both China Shakes the World and The World Is Flat have seen a significant rise in sales since winning the Award.

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For further information please contact:

UK: Katrina Power/Steven Williams, Midas PR: +44 (0) 207 584 7474/
+44 (0)79639 62538 katrina.power@midaspr.co.uk

Lucy Ellison, Financial Times: +44 (0)207 873 3119
Lucy.Ellison@FT.com

US: Camille McDuffie, Goldberg McDuffie Communications: +1 512 301 8936
cmduffie@goldbergmcduffie.com

Christopher Williams, Goldman Sachs: +212-357-5296

Notes to editors
Entry forms and details of the Terms and Conditions are available from www.ft.com/bookaward. This annual Award aims to identify the book that provides the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues, including management, finance and economics. A shortlist of up to 6 titles will be announced in September, and the winner will be announced at a gala event in London on October 25th 2007. Submissions are invited from publishers or bona fide imprints based in any country.

Eligibility
Books must be published for the first time in the English language, or in English translation, between 31st October 2006 and 1st November 2007. There is no limit to the number of submissions from each publisher/imprint, provided they fit the criteria, and books from all genres except anthologies are eligible. There are no restrictions of gender, age or nationality of authors. Authors who are current employees of the Financial Times or Goldman Sachs, or the close relatives of such employees, are not eligible.