Longlist Announced for William Hill Sports Book of the Year
24th September 2015
The longlist has been announced for the 27th William Hill Sports Book of the Year
The 14-strong list includes a potential third win for a boxing title by Donald McRae, who won in 1996 for Dark Trade and 2002 for In Black and White and is now in the running with A Man's World.
Also on the longlist are books on three subjects never covered before by the award: Bobsledding, Chess and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). In Speed Kings, Andy Bull tells the story of the disparate group of outsiders who became bobsledding champions at the 1932 Winter Olympics; My Fight/Your Fight is the hard-hitting autobiography of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) champion Ronda Rousey, who is now also making her name in films such as Fast and Furious 7 and Expendables 3; A King in Hiding tells the story of Fahim, an eight year old refugee who became a world chess champion after settling in his new home of Paris.
Though the books on this year’s longlist cover eight different sports in total, titles about football are prevalent. As well as The Ugly Game and Fifty-Six, football is the subject of both Living on the Volcano: The Secrets of Surviving as a Football Manager by Michael Calvin, and The Game of Our Lives: The Meaning and Making of English Football by David Goldblatt.
The full longlist is as follows:
* The Ugly Game: The Qatari Plot to Buy the World Cup by Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert
* Speed Kings by Andy Bull
* Living on the Volcano: The Secrets of Surviving as a Football Manager by Michael Calvin
* Chase Your Shadow: The Trials of Oscar Pistorius by John Carlin
* Kings of the Road: A Journey into the Heart of British Cycling by Robert Dineen
* A King in Hiding: How a Child Refugee Became a World Chess Champion by Fahim, Sophie Le Callennec, Xavier Parmentier and Barbara Mellor
* Fifty-Six: The Story of the Bradford Fire by Martin Fletcher
* The Game of Our Lives: The Meaning and Making of English Football by David Goldblatt
* Runner: A Short Story About A Long Run by Lizzy Hawker
* Fire in Babylon by Simon Lister
* A Man’s World: The Double Life of Emile Griffith by Donald McRae
* The Bolt Supremacy by Richard Moore
* My Fight/Your Fight: The Official Ronda Rousey Autobiography by Ronda Rousey and Maria Burns Ortiz
* Journeymen: The Other Side of the Boxing Business by Mark Turley
The shortlist will be announced on 27th October. The winner will be announced at an afternoon reception at BAFTA, in central London, on Thursday 26th November.
Last year's winner was Night Games: Sex, Power and a Journey into the Dark Heart of Sport by Anna Krien.
Xavier Parmentier; Barbara Mellor