Haigh's biography Mystery Spinner, which documents the life of Australian spin bowler, Jack Iverson, was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year, 2000 and won the PricewaterhouseCoopers Cricket Book of the Year Award, 2000. Prize money for the latter award was 1,500 pounds sterling. In 2006 Haigh was awarded the Westfield/Waverley Library Prize for Literature for Asbestos House : The Secret History of James Hardie Industries.
Haigh's other books include Game for Anything (2004), a collection of his cricket writing, and Asbestos House (2006), for which he was shortlisted in the 2006 Walkley Awards for Best Non-Fiction Book and was the winner in the 2006 Blake Dawson Waldron Prize for Business Literature and the 2007 New South Wales Premier's Literary Award, Gleebooks Prize. Haigh's The Racket: How Abortion Became Legal in Australia (2008) was shortlisted for the Gleebooks Prize in the 2009 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards. His works on the history of economic life include The Office : A Hardworking History (2012).
Haigh was shortlisted for the 2010 Alfred Deakin Prize for an Essay Advancing Public Debate, Victorian Premier's Awards, for 'Stupid Money' which was published in the Griffith Review.
'On a warm evening in December 1949, two young people met by chance under the clocks at Flinders Street railway station. They decided to have a night on the town. The next morning, one of them, twenty-year-old typist Beth Williams, was found dead on Albert Park Beach. When police arrested the other, Australia was transfixed: twenty-four-year-old John Bryan Kerr was a son of the establishment, a suave and handsome commercial radio star educated at Scotch College, and Harold Holt's next-door neighbour in Toorak.
'Police said he had confessed. Kerr denied it steadfastly. There were three dramatic trials attended by enormous crowds, a relentless public campaign proclaiming his innocence involving the first editorials against capital punishment in Australia. For more than a decade Kerr was a Pentridge celebrity, a poster boy for rehabilitation – a fame that burdened him the rest of his life. Then, shortly after his death, another man confessed to having murdered Williams. But could he be believed?'
Now that the Australian cricketer who dominated airwaves and headlines for twenty years has turned full-time celebrity and media event, his sporting conquests and controversies are receding steadily into the past.
But what was it like to watch Warne at his long peak, the man of a thousand international wickets, the incarnation of Australian audacity and cheek? Our leading cricket writer, Gideon Haigh, lived and loved the Warne era, when the impossible was everyday, and the sensational every other day.
In On Warne, he relives the era's highs, its lows, its fun and its follies. Drawing on interviews conducted with Warne over the course of a decade, and two decades of watching him play, Haigh assesses this greatest of sportsmen as cricketer, character, comrade, newsmaker and national figure – a natural in an increasingly regimented time, a simplifier in a growingly complicated world. The result is one of the finest cricket books ever written, a whole new way of looking at its subject, at sport, and at Australia.
One day, you might be asked what cricket in the time of Warne was like. On Warne is the definitive account.' Source: www.penguin.com.au/ (Sighted 24/10/2012).