Chase Your Shadow: The Trials of Oscar Pistorius by John Carlin has been longlisted for the 2015 William Hill Sports Book Of The Year Award – “the world’s richest sports book prize”.
Currently in its 26th year, the William Hill Sports Book Of The Year Award is dedicated to rewarding excellence in sports writing. The winning book will receive a cash prize of £27 000 (R566 583).
According to the press release, this year’s longlist is dominated by “books which focus on the often brutal and corrupt dark side of sport”.
In Chase Your Shadow, Carlin tells the gripping story of Oscar Pistorius’s tragic journey from sporting icon to accused murderer. The book was also longlisted for the British Sports Book Awards earlier this year.
William Hill Media Relations Director and co-founder of the award, Graham Sharpe, said: “Never let it be said sportswriters shy away from difficult subjects. In this longlist, our authors shine their floodlights into many of sport’s dark corners, but also find inspirational tales of individual and team success.”
The shortlist will be announced on 27 October.
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Books which focus on the often brutal and corrupt dark side of sport – including one on the trial of the Paralympian, Oscar Pistorius, and another on the recent FIFA scandals – make up nearly one third of the longlist of the 27th William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. In A Man’s World: The Double Life of Emile Griffith, Donald McRae, who faces the possibility of a record third win, explores the boxer’s long career, the homophobia he faced and his struggle to come to terms with the death of an opponent following their last, terrible fight.
Those competing with McRae for the Award, the most prestigious of its kind, include: Heidi Blake & Jonathan Calvert’s The Ugly Game: The Qatari Plot to Buy the World Cup, which sheds new insight into the revelations that shook the football world to its core; Fifty-Six: The Story of the Bradford Fire by Martin Fletcher, a survivor of the disaster that killed his father, brother, uncle and grandfather, and which was never properly explained; The Trials of Oscar Pistorius – Chase Your Shadow by John Carlin; and Journeymen: The Other Side of the Boxing Business by Mark Turley, which tells the story of the modern-day boxers who lose for a living, over and over again.