Announced: 18 October 2016 The shortlist for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2016 – the richest and longest-running prize for sports writing.

“Hidden souls” of sporting legends revealed in “a magnificent seven” competing for the 28th bookie prize

The shortlist for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award – the world’s richest and longest-running prize for sports writing – has today, 18 October 2016, been announced.

The seven titles in the running to be crowned the winner of the £28,000 prize are as follows (alphabetically by author surname):

  • Endurance: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Emil Zátopek by Rick Broadbent (Wisden)
  • Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan (Corsair)
  • Forever Young: The Story of Adrian Doherty, Football’s Lost Genius by Oliver Kay (Quercus)
  • Chasing Shadows: The Life & Death of Peter Roebuck by Tim Lane and Elliot Cartledge (Hardie Grant Books)
  • Mr Darley’s Arabian: High Life, Low Life, Sporting Life – A History of Racing in 25 Horses by Christopher McGrath (John Murray)
  • Find a Way: One Untamed and Courageous Life by Diana Nyad (Macmillan)
  • Mister: The Men Who Taught the World How to Beat England at Their Own Game by Rory Smith (Simon & Schuster)

Read the full press release announcement

 

The shortlist in full (alphabetically by author’s surname): 

Endurance: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Emil Zátopek

Author: Rick Broadbent

Publisher: Wisden

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

Author: William Finnegan

Publisher: Corsair

Forever Young: The Story of Adrian Doherty, Football’s Lost Genius

Author: Oliver Kay

Publisher: Quercus

Chasing Shadows: The Life & Death of Peter Roebuck

Authors: Tim Lane and Elliot Cartledge

Publisher: Hardie Grant Books

Mr Darley’s Arabian: High Life, Low Life, Sporting Life – A History of Racing in 25 Horses

Author: Christopher McGrath

Publisher: John Murray

Find a Way: One Untamed and Courageous Life

Author: Diana Nyad

Publisher: Macmillan

Mister: The Men Who Taught the World How to Beat England at Their Own Game

Author: Rory Smith

Publisher: Simon & Schuster