Now in its 28th year, the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award is the world’s longest established and most valuable literary sports-writing prize.
The award is dedicated to rewarding excellence in sports writing and was first awarded in 1989. This year, 2016, the prize for winning the award is £28,000.
Below are the seventeen titles on the longlist for 2016, which will then be reduced to a shortlist of seven b.efore the awarding of the winner.
- Today We Die a Little: The Rise & Fall of Emil Zátopek, Olympic Legend by Richard Askwith (Yellow Jersey Press)
- No Nonsense: The Autobiography by Joey Barton, with Michael Calvin (Simon & Schuster)
- Endurance: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Emil Zátopek by Rick Broadbent (Wisden)
- Football’s Coming Out: Life as a Gay Fan and Player by Neil Beasley with Seth Burkett (Floodlit Dreams)
- ‘How’s Your Dad?’: Embracing Failure in the Shadow of Success by Mick Channon Jr (Racing Post Books)
- Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan (Corsair)
- For the Glory: The Life of Eric Liddell by Duncan Hamilton (Doubleday)
- Watching the Wheels: My Autobiography by Damon Hill, with Maurice Hamilton (Macmillan)
- Forever Young: The Story of Adrian Doherty, Football’s Lost Genius by Oliver Kay (Quercus)
- Eat Sweat Play: How Sport Can Change Our Lives by Anna Kessel (Macmillan)
- Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight (Simon & Schuster)
- Chasing Shadows: The Life & Death of Peter Roebuck by Tim Lane and Elliot Cartledge (Hardie Grant Books)
- The Belt Boy by Kevin Lueshing and Mike Dunn (Austin Macauley Publishers)
- 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)
- We Had Some Laughs: My Dad, The Darts and Me by Dan Waddell (Bantam Press)