The William Hill Sports Book of the Year longlist was announced on 20 September 2018.
Autobiographies from voices as varied as Jenson Button and Paralympian Andy Grant go up against a Tiger Woods exposé in the running for 30th William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.
17-strong longlist also includes a historian writing on Nazi Olympics, a gonzo journalist on the eccentric culture of World Championship Darts, and a Test Cricket-inspired novel.
The longlist in full (alphabetically by author’s surname):
- Fear and Loathing on the Oche by King Adz (Yellow Jersey, Penguin Random House)
- Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian (Simon & Schuster)
- Life to the Limit: My Autobiography by Jenson Button (Blink, Bonnier Books)
- State of Play: Under the Skin of the Modern Game by Michael Calvin (Century, Penguin Random House)
- This Girl Ran: Tales of a Party Girl Turned Triathlete by Helen Croydon (Summersdale Publishers)
- The Boy on the Shed by Paul Ferris (Hodder & Stoughton)
- The Lost Soul of Eamon Magee by Paul D. Gibson (Mercier Press)
- You’ll Never Walk by Andy Grant (deCoubertin Books)
- A Boy in the Water by Tom Gregory (Particular Books, Penguin Random House)
- The Card: Every Match, Every Mile by Steve Hill (Ockley Books)
- Berlin 1936 Sixteen Days in August by Oliver Hilmes (The Bodley Head, Penguin Random House)
- Chasing Points: A Season on the Pro Tennis Circuit by Gregory Howe (Pitch Publishing)
- The Test by Nathan Leamon (Constable, Little Brown)
- The Mountains Are Calling: Running in the High Places of Scotland by Jonny Muir (Sandstone Press)
- Bump, Bike & Baby: Mummy’s Gone Adventure Racing by Moire O’Sullivan (Sandstone Press)
- Sevens Heaven: The Beautiful Chaos of Fiji’s Olympic Dream by Ben Ryan (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, The Orion Publishing Group)
- Heads Up: My Life Story by Alan Smith (Constable, Little, Brown)
The 2018 shortlist will be announced on 25 October 2018.
The winner will be announced at an afternoon reception at BAFTA on Tuesday 27 November.