Biography of the Year

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    Winner
    Speed Kings by Andy Bull

    The epic story of four extraordinary gentlemen adventurers who came together to win bobsled gold in the 1932 Winter Olympics, and of a doomed generation, infatuated with fast living, heading into the vortex of the Second World War. In the 1930s, as the …

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    Richmond Unchained by Luke G. Williams

    Today Bill Richmond is largely unknown to the wider public, but he was one of the most significant sportsmen in history and one of the most prominent celebrities of Georgian times. Born into slavery in Staten Island, Richmond won his freedom as a young …

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    Cristiano Ronaldo by Guillem Balague

    Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest footballers of all time, yet for all his success on the pitch he has often been a controversial and divisive figure off it. Guillem Balague, respected football journalist and expert on the Spanish game, provides …

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    Arsene Wenger by John Cross

    When Arsene Wenger arrived at Arsenal in 1996, his ability was doubted. But he soon transformed the team, melding the famous English defence with a hugely creative foreign attacking spirit and introducing new ideas on diet, fitness and professionalism. …

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    Amazing Grace: The Man who was W.G. by Richard Tomlinson

    A magisterial new biography reveals the real W.G. behind the record-breaking cricketer who was also the most recognisable public figure in Victorian Britain. It was the centenary of W.G.’s death on the 23 October 2015. William Gilbert Grace (1848-1915) …

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    A Man’s World by Donald McRae

    On 24 March 1962, when Emile Griffith stepped into the ring in Madison Square Garden to defend his world title against Benny Paret, he was filled with rage. Paret had denounced Griffith as a ‘faggot’. The insinuation could have had dangerous consequenc …

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