General Outstanding Sports Writing Award

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  • BarbarianDays

    Winner
    Barbarian Days A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

    Surfing only looks like a sport. To devotees, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a mental and physical study, a passionate way of life. William Finnegan first started surfing as a young boy in California and Hawaii. Barbarian Days is …

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  • twohours

    Shortlisted
    Two Hours by Ed Caesar

    Two hours, to cover 26 miles and 385 yards. It is running’s Everest, a feat once seen as impossible for the human body. But now we can glimpse the mountain-top. The sub-two hour marathon will require an exceptional feat of speed, mental strength and en …

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  • thefixer

    Shortlisted
    The Fixer by John Daniell

    I had only half a dozen Tests, and three of them were off the bench — I warmed it three more times without getting on — so it’s not as if I was a legend, but I’ll take it. Anyway, once you’ve worn the jersey it stays on you for ever and ever, amen. And …

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  • TheBoltSupremacy

    Shortlisted
    The Bolt Supremacy by Richard Moore

    Award-winning writer Richard Moore uncovers the secrets of Usain Bolt and the Jamaican sprinting phenomenon. The Bolt Supremacy opens the doors to a community where identity, success and status are forged on the track, and where making it is a pass to …

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  • FedererandMe

    Shortlisted
    Federer and Me by William Skidelsky

    In Federer and Me, William Skidelsky asks what it is about the Swiss star that transfixes him, and countless others. In charting his obsession, Skidelsky explores the evolution of modern tennis, the role of beauty in sport and the psychology of fandom, …

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  • dazzlingdarren

    Shortlisted
    A Dazzling Darkness: The Darren Barker Story by Darren Barker with Ian Ridley

    Darren and Gary Barker were the Fabulous Barker Boys. As amateurs, Darren won a Commonwealth Games gold medal while Gary, four years younger, won a Junior Olympic Games title. Then sadly, cruelly, Gary’s life was cut short in a car accident when he was …

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