William Hill announced the 14 contenders that are part of the long list for its 31st’ Sports Book of the Year Award’ (SBOTY2019). The award, deemed to be the bookmaker’s legacy competition, is considered to be the most famous prize in English sports literature.
This year’s longlist was overshadowed by 151 submissions and SBOTY’s acclaimed past winners, such as Donald McRae and Duncan Hamilton, compete for William Hill’s £ 300,000 money prize and the award for the prestigious literary prize.
The William Hill judges have chosen an eclectic variety of books, including novels, autobiographies, diaries and exhibitions spanning a broad variety of sporting and cultural dynamics.
The SBOTY2019 Judgement Panel will be spearheaded by the Times soccer journalist and author Alyson Rudd, who had this to say about the longlist publication.
“This award has, over three decades, changed the face of sports publishing. Writing quality has improved and the themes tackled by authors have evolved so that many of the titles submitted are not just entertaining but important. This year’s wide-ranging 14 strong long-list from a record 151 submissions demonstrates this continuing trend in the 31st year of the Award.”
SBOTY2019 panel is composed of: retired professional footballer and former president of the Professional Football Association, Clarke Carlisle; five-time Olympic medalist and rower Dame Katherine Grainger; broadcaster and writer John Inverdale; broadcaster Danny Kelly and journalist and broadcaster Mark Lawson. The Chair of the Judges is the author and journalist Alyson Rudd.
William Hill is set to announce a shortlist of SBOTY2019 on 22 October 2019. with the winner being announced at the Royal Horseguards Hotel’s reception on Thursday, 5 December.
William Hill ‘Sports Book of the Year 2019’ Longlist
- ‘They Don’t Teach This’: Lessons from the Game of Life by Eniola Aluko (Yellow Jersey)
- ‘Unbreakable’: The Woman Who Defied the Nazis in the World’s Most Dangerous Horse Race by Richard Askwith (Penguin Random House)
- ‘No Win Race’: A Story of Belonging, Britishness and Sport by Derek A Bardowell (Harper Collins)
- ‘Rise of the Ultra Runners’: A Journey to the Edge of Human Endurance by Adharanand Finn (Faber & Faber)
- ‘Homing’ by Jon Day (John Murray)
- ‘The Great Romantic’: Cricket and the Golden Age of Neville Cardus by Duncan Hamilton (Hodder & Stoughton)
- ‘Fighter – Andy Lee’ written by Niall Kelly (Gill Books)
- ‘In Sunshine or in Shadow’: How Boxing Brought Hope in the Troubles by Donald McRae (Simon & Schuster)
- ‘The Beast, The Emperor and The Milkman’: A Bone-shaking Tour through Cycling’s Flemish Heartlands by Harry Pearson (Bloomsbury)
- ‘Rough Magic: Riding the World’s Wildest Horse Race’ by Lara Prior-Palmer (Penguin Random House)
- ‘Commander in Cheat’: How Golf Explains Trump by Rick Reilly (Headline Publishing Group)
- ‘How Football (Nearly) Came Home’: Adventures in Putin’s Russia by Barney Ronay (Harper Collins)
- ‘Recovering’ by Richie Sadlier (Gill Books)
- ‘Position of Trust’: A Football Dream Betrayed by Andy Woodward (Hodder & Stoughton)