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  • twohours

    Winner
    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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    Shortlisted
    Touching Distance by Martin Hardy

    Touching Distance tells the story of Newcastle United’s remarkable 1995/96 season, through the highs and the lows of a truly dramatic campaign. It also traces the seeds of the revival back to Keegan’s first spell as a player, to his return and the dram …

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    Shortlisted
    The Longest Fight by Emily Bullock

    Set in 1950s London amidst the gritty and violent world of boxing, this beautiful and brutal debut is the story of one man’s struggle to overcome the mistakes and tragedies of his past. The Longest Fight was inspired by the author’s boxing grandfather …

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  • runrideorswim

    Shortlisted
    ​​Run, Ride, Sink or Swim by Lucy Fry

    At the age of thirty-one, Lucy Fry was pretty certain she knew her limits. And here’s how she felt about the component parts of triathlon: swimming – fairly terrifying, especially in open water. Cycling – brilliant when done on a stationery bike, indoo …

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  • Runner

    Shortlisted
    Runner – A short story about a long run by Lizzy Hawker

    Runner is the story of Lizzy Hawker’s journey and will get inside the head of the physical, mental and emotional challenges that runners go through at the edge of human endurance, in much the same way as Aurum’s classic running story Feet in the Clouds …

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  • Dark_Mermaids

    Shortlisted
    Dark Mermaids by Anne Lauppe-Dunbar

    Dark Mermaids, by Anne Lauppe-Dunbar, is a shocking story of the horrors of a political system that doped its youngsters to sporting superhero status, and then left them to fend for themselves. Shortlisted for the Impress and Cinnamon First Novel Prize …

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