Here are the 15 sports books shortlisted for the William Hill Prize


CLARE SHINE’S BOOK Scoring Goals In The Dark is among the long-listed contenders for the 2022 William Hill Sports Book of the Year award.

The Irish forward has revealed the full extent of her extreme mental health issues in her new memoir, which is written with Gareth Maher.

My Hidden Race by Olympic medalist Anyika Onuora is also on the long list. Onuora collaborated with Jonathan Drennan for the book. Guardian football writer Suzanne Wrack is the third female author on the list.

A record 158 books were entered this year, featuring a diverse mix of authors from a wide range of sports including tennis, football, athletics, golf, rugby and cycling.

Following a judging process by a panel including Nancy Frostick of The Athletics, sportscaster Matt Williams and Neil Foggin of William Hill, 15 authors were selected for the longlist.

Patrice Evra and Steve Thompson, former sports stars and fledgling authors, are also on the prize list, which offers a cash prize of £30,000 to the winner.

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Previous William Hill winners include Irish journalist Paul Kimmage’s Rough Ride: An Insight into Pro Cycling, Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch: A Fan’s Life and Duncan Hamilton’s Provided You Don’t Kiss Me: 20 Years With Brian Clough.

The shortlist will be revealed on October 27 and the winner will be declared on December 1, 2022.

The long list

  • Be Good, Love Brian: Growing Up With Brian Clough by Craig Bromfield
  • The master: the brilliant career of Roger Federer by Christopher Clarey
  • 1999: Manchester United, the treble and all that by Matt Dickinson
  • Money: Family, Power and Money: The Tour de France Affair by Alex Duf
  • I love this game by Patrice Evra
  • English football: the biography: 1872-2022 by Paul Hayward
  • God is Dead: The Rise and Fall of Frank Vandenbroucke, Cycling’s Great Wasted Talent by Andy McGrath
  • My hidden race by Anyika Onuora
  • Score goals in the dark by Clare Shine with Gareth Maher
  • Phil: The heartbreaking (and unauthorized) biography of golf’s most colorful superstar by Alan Shipnuck
  • Expected goals: the story of how data conquered football and changed the game forever by Rory Smith
  • Unforgettable: rugby, madness and the fight of my life by Steve Thompson
  • Beryl: In Search of Britain’s Greatest Athlete, Beryl Burton by Jeremy Wilson
  • Two Brothers: The Life and Times of Bobby and Jackie Charlton by Jonathan Wilson
  • A Woman’s Game: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Women’s Football by Suzanne Wrack

– Originally posted at 11:54 a.m.


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