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Laura Hadland wins Gourmand ‘Best Beer Book in the World’ for CAMRA biography


Laura Hadland’s book, 50 Years of CAMRA, has been named Best Beer Book in the World at the 2022 Gourmand Awards. The warts-and-all biography contains first-hand accounts from members and industry professionals, detailing the highs and lows of one of the world’s most successful consumer organisations. 

The awards, founded in 1995, celebrates food and drink books from 215 countries and regions each year. The ceremony took place in Umeå, Sweden over the weekend, with Laura’s book beating out other finalists from Sweden, Canada and Argentina.  

50 Years of CAMRA tells the living history of one of the UK’s most colourful campaigns – from its roots, established by four young men from the North West keen to protect cask conditioned ale, to the organisation that has changed the face of the beer industry today. 

Told through the stories and memories of the people that made change happen, 50 Years of CAMRA is the definitive biography of the organisation’s growth. Laura includes the memories of mock funerals held for breweries under threat of closure, mass rallies outside the Houses of Parliament, and unique tales such as a volunteer flyposting the city of Leeds in a daring midnight raid on a 650 Suzuki with 800 CAMRA festival posters. 

Laura Hadland says: “I’m so proud to win this award. The problem with being a writer is that people expect you to have something clever to say at times like this – but I am speechless! To be told your first published book is the best in the world is really quite incredible and I have CAMRA to thank for trusting me with their precious biography.” 

To celebrate Laura’s win, CAMRA is offering free postage and packaging on all books in the CAMRA shop. You can find out more here.


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