Sport book award shortlist unveiled

The autobiography of one of the greatest jockeys of all time and two books on Gaelic games have been shortlisted for the Irish Sports Book of the Year.

The autobiography of one of the greatest jockeys of all time and two books on Gaelic games have been shortlisted for the Irish Sports Book of the Year.

Titles on rugby and cycling are also in the running for the williamhill.com award, which will be announced in the coming weeks.

GAA books include Life, Death and Hurling by Michael Duignan with Pat Nolan, which looks at Duignan’s life as an Offaly hurler when he won two All-Ireland medals along with his tragic struggles off the field.

Without a Shadow of a Doubt by Joe Kernan, with Martin Breheny, features Kieran’s role at heart of Armagh GAA for over 30 years and the personal tragedies he faced declaring bankruptcy.

The only rugby book to make the shortlist is by Dublin sportswriter Paul Kimmage, who tells the story of paralysed former English rugby player Matt Hampson in Engage, The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson.

Hampson, who was a promising England U-21 international, was paralysed when a scrum collapsed during a training session.

The autobiography of Tony McCoy, called AP McCoy, was written with Donn McClean and follows the jockey’s life in horseracing, which has included over 3,000 winners since 1992.

Elsewhere, Paul Carberry’s One Hell of a Ride – written with Des Gibson – looks at his controversial life as one of the country’s top jockeys and recounts his Grand National victory along with his battle with alcohol and his countless injuries and broken bones.

The final book shortlisted is Inside the Peloton by Nicolas Roche. It details his career in professional cycling and looks at his dream to emulate his father Stephen.

Tony Kenny, of William Hill, said it has been another great year for Irish sports writing.

“We have four different sports in contention this year and some of Ireland’s finest sports writers,” he said.

“The standard is extremely high with all six books showcasing excellent sports stories that are brilliantly told by the authors.”

Eleven judges will select their winner, with the public acting as the 12th judge. To vote visit www.irishsportsbookoftheyear.com. The winner will be announced in early December.

Previous winners of include Paul McGrath for his autobiography Back from the Brink, Donal Og Cusack’s Come What May and last year’s winner, The Club by Christy O’Connor.

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