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Jon Riley 26th Oct 2010 - 12:23

William Hill Sports Book of the Year Update

Twice winner aiming for unique hat-trick as:
Agassi takes on Trautmann for sport's richest literary prize.

The shortlist for the 22nd William Hill Sports Book of the Year, worth a record £22,000, a £2000 free bet and a day at the races to the winner, has been unveiled - and Duncan Hamilton, winner twice in the last three years, is again featured with 'A Last English Summer', his personal journey through the heart and spirit of English cricket, which could make him the first triple winner of the award, following 'Provided You Don't Kiss Me' in 2007, and 'Harold Larwood' last year.

Also on the six-strong list is tennis star Andre Agassi's frank autobiography, 'Open'; and Hitler Youth member and Nazi soldier turned legendary English footballer Bert Trautmann's biography 'Trautmann's Journey' by Catrine Clay, the unique story of the man who played for Manchester City in an FA Cup Final - with a broken neck.

'Blood Knots' by Luke Jennings is the first book on angling to reach the William Hill shortlist and is an original, haunting, biographical insight into the sport; while Matthew Syed's 'Bounce' challenges the belief that champions are born, not made, and England and British Lions' feared and respected rugby union 'hard man', Brian Moore, opens his heart and mind in his revealing autobiography 'Beware of the Dog.'

'This is one of the strongest shortlists ever to do battle for the richest literary prize in sport, and if Duncan Hamilton wins again he will become the Red Rum of sports writers, completing a unique hat trick in this toughest of literary races' said William Hill spokesman and founder of the prize, Graham Sharpe.

WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2010: SHORTLIST:

OPEN.....................................ANDRE AGASSI (Harper Collins)..........how a kid from Vegas had no choice but to become a tennis champ.
TRAUTMANN'S JOURNEY........CATRINE CLAY (Yellow Jersey Press)...from the Hitler Youth and Nazi army to a broken neck and FA Cup glory.
A LAST ENGLISH SUMMER.....DUNCAN HAMILTON (Quercus).........pilgrimage around the grounds and insight into the soul of English cricket.
BLOOD KNOTS........................LUKE JENNINGS (Atlantic Books).....how angling informs and reflects its exponents' journeys through life.
BEWARE OF THE DOG............BRIAN MOORE (Simon & Schuster)..revelatory autobiography of the ultimate rugby union hard-man.
BOUNCE.................................MATTHEW SYED (4th Estate)...........why everything we believe about the gift of innate talent may be falsely founded.

The winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2010 will be announced in a lunchtime ceremony at Waterstones in Piccadilly, London, on November 30, broadcast live on BBC Radio 5 Live's 'Gabby Logan Show'.

2010 Judging Panel:.....John Inverdale, Danny Kelly, Hugh McIlvanney, Alyson Rudd, Graham Sharpe; Chairman of Judges: John Gaustad.

 

 
 
 

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