The William Hill Sports Book of the Year longlist was announced on 20 September 2018.
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):
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.