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  • AndtheSunShinesnowpb

    Winner
    And the Sun Shines Now by Adrian Tempany

    On 15 April 1989, 96 people were fatally injured on a football terrace at an FA Cup semi-final in Sheffield. The Hillsborough disaster was broadcast live on the BBC; it left millions of people traumatised, and English football in ruins. And the Sun Shi …

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  • Mister

    Shortlisted
    Mister by Rory Smith

    From its late-Victorian flowering in the mill towns of the northwest of England, football spread around the world with great speed. It was helped on its way by a series of missionaries who showed the rest of the planet the simple joys of the game. Even …

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  • FEARLESScover

    Shortlisted
    Fearless by Jonathan Northcroft

    Welcome to Leicester City. They were always a club with a difference but in 2015-16 they created a story that in modern football stands unique. Who could believe it: from relegation certainties to champions of England? It was when, on behalf of every s …

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  • 9781509808090

    Shortlisted
    Eat Sweat Play by Anna Kessel

    For too long society has led us to believe that women and sport don’t mix. While perspiration and ‘fitspiration’ have never been so hot, sport continues to be stubbornly cast as unfeminine. But why should sport and exercise be so gendered? What happene …

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  • HowsYourDadpbcover

    Shortlisted
    How’s Your Dad? by Mick Channon Jnr   

    Framed within the tribulations of a turbulent year working side by side in a racing yard, How’s Your Dad? is a funny and moving take on the relationship between a father, who scaled the heights of two sports, and son, who is still struggling to follow. …

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  • BeltBoycover

    Shortlisted
    The Belt Boy by Kevin Lueshing with Mike Dunn

    Kevin Lueshing’s tears fell freely as he lifted boxing’s coveted Lonsdale Belt. But his tears were not tears of joy. They were the stain of a sinister secret he had kept hidden for a lifetime. Behind the glory and the glitz, Lueshing’s innocence had al …

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