Biography of the Year

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  • TheMaverick Mountaineer

    Winner
    The Maverick Mountaineer by Robert Wainwright

    A fond and fascinating tribute to George Finch (1888-1970), mountaineer, scientist, inventor and polymath, who pioneered the use of the artificial oxygen that enabled Everest to finally be conquered thirty years after his own attempt. Acclaimed biograp …

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    Shortlisted
    Showboat: The Life of Kobe Bryant by Roland Lazenby

    Kobe Bryant, one of basketball’s greatest-ever players, was easily the most driven player in the history of the sport. But his career was also one of almost constant conflict: with his teammate Shaquille O’Neal; with Phil Jackson, his coach; with his w …

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  • 9780224100359

    Shortlisted
    Today We Die A Little by Richard Askwith

    On the track, his running made him a legend; off it, his charisma and humanity made him a hero. No runner has generated myth like Emil Zátopek, the Czechoslovakian soldier who revolutionised distance running after World War II. The minutiae of his vict …

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  • ForTheGlory

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    For the Glory: The Life of Eric Liddell by Duncan Hamilton

    Eric Liddell was as close to a saint as any man in modern history has been. Renowned for his athletic prowess, it was also his deeply entrenched values that set him apart from the crowd. These qualities were never better illustrated than in the 1924 Pa …

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  • 9781472920232

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    Endurance by Rick Broadbent

    In the summer of 1952 Emil Zátopek became the king of the running world with an unprecedented distance treble at the Olympic Games in Helsinki. Together with his wife Dana, who won another gold medal in the javelin, they were the embodiment of sporting …

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    His Own Man by Timothy Johnston and Donald Macgregor

    His Own Man is the story of an unjustly forgotten athlete, who ascended the heights, fell from grace under the Nazis, then achieved redemption coaching street children in India. Otto Peltzer overcame a lonely childhood, beset by illness, to gain a doct …

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