Biography of the Year 2020

  • Sports Book Awards Football

    Shortlisted
    Natural

    Jimmy Greaves remains the greatest goalscorer in English football history with 357 top-flight goals, although his England career was defined by the heartbreak of missing the 1966 World Cup Final. After slipping into the grip of alcoholism, he reinvente …

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  • Sports Book Awards Biography

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    Chaos is a Friend of Mine

    In Chaos is a Friend of Mine, Ewan MacKenna takes in both Las Vegas in 2018 and Dublin in 2019 in order to examine McGregor’s journey, from his upbringing in the Irish capital, to his early days as a wide-eyed, prodigiously talented martial arts obsess …

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  • Sports Book Awards Biography

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    Lofty

    Nat Lofthouse was a pivotal figure in one of the true golden ages in the game of football and a leading goalscorer for his club, Bolton Wanderers, and his country. Matt Clough’s insightful biography is based on interviews with the man himself, fellow p …

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  • Sports Book Awards Biography

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    Monarch of the Green

    Young Tom Morris, the son of the legendary pioneer of golf, Tom Morris, was golf’s first superstar. Born at a pivotal moment in history, just as the new and inexpensive ‘gutty’ ball was making golf affordable and drawing thousands of new players to the …

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  • Sports Book Awards Biography

    Shortlisted
    Natural

    Jimmy Greaves remains the greatest goalscorer in English football history with 357 top-flight goals, although his England career was defined by the heartbreak of missing the 1966 World Cup Final. After slipping into the grip of alcoholism, he reinvente …

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  • Sports Book Awards Biography

    Shortlisted
    The Impossible Climb

    An intimate account of Alex Honnold’s unprecedented, almost unimaginable feat: a 3,000-foot vertical climb up El Capitan in Yosemite, without a rope. Filled with triumphs, defeats and dilemmas, The Impossible Climb is a deeply reported, inspiring exhor …

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  • Sports Book Awards Biography

    Shortlisted
    Unbreakable

    Czechoslovakia, October 1937. Vast crowds have gathered to watch the Grand Pardubice steeplechase, Europe’s most blood-curdling sporting test of manhood. With war looming, the race has a brutal political significance. The Nazis have sent the SS’s all-c …

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