Biography of the Year 2019

  • Winner
    Tiger Woods

    In 2009, Tiger Woods was the most famous athlete on the planet, living what appeared to be the perfect life. But he had been living a double life – one that exploded in the aftermath of a late-night crash and sent his personal and professional life off …

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  • Shortlisted
    Unbeaten

    Unbeaten is the revelatory biography of one of the greatest heavyweights of all time. Rocky Marciano rose from abject poverty and a life of petty crime to become heavyweight champion and one of the most famous faces of his era. He dominated boxing in t …

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  • Shortlisted
    The Unknown Kimi Raikkonen

    In this authorised portrait of the Formula One superstar, Kari Hotakainen reveals the side of Kimi Räikkönen that few beyond his close family and friends have ever seen. With exclusive access and never-previously-seen photographs from his own collectio …

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    More Power

    Jurgen Grobler’s Olympic coaching career is one of legend, yet the man himself has remained resolutely out of the spotlight. Over the last twenty years he has masterminded British Rowing’s incomparable success. Written by Olympic medallist, Hugh Mathes …

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    Monsieur X by Jamie Reid

    Patrice des Moutis was a handsome, charming and well-educated Frenchman with an aristocratic family and a respectable insurance business – he was also a compulsive gambler and illegal bookie. Between the late 1950s and the early 1970s, Des Moutis made …

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    Messi: Lessons in Style

    Since landing in the FC Barcelona youth academy at the age of thirteen, Lionel Messi has demonstrated an innate and awe-inspiring talent for football – in the process creating a sort of poetry in the game. For so many fans around the globe, watching Me …

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