Biography of the Year 2020

  • Sports Book Awards Biography

    Winner
    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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  • 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

    Shortlisted
    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

    Shortlisted
    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
    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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