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10.10.12 | Katie Allen
Olympic cyclist and "Strictly Come Dancing" contestant Victoria Pendleton's memoir Between the Lines has been longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year.
The title is co-authored with Donald McRae, who previously won the prize in 1996 and 2002;
Duncan Hamilton, who won in 2007 and 2009, has been longlisted for The Footballer Who Could Fly.
Now in its 24th year, the prize's 14-strong longlist also includes self-published squash memoir Shot and a Ghost by James Willstrop (Rod Gilmour).
“2012 was a memorable sporting year thanks to the Olympics and the Paralympics, the Ryder Cup and the US Open to name but a few of the highlights, and it is a year which has also produced a strong crop of memorable sporting books," said William Hill spokesman and founder of the award, Graham Sharpe. "It has been difficult enough to narrow the contenders down to a manageable longlist of fourteen titles, and with sports like squash, swimming and Ironman racing represented for the first time, this is the most diverse longlist we have yet seen."
As well as a £24,000 cash prize, the winning author will receive a £2,000 William Hill bet, a specially-commissioned hand-bound copy of their book, and a day at the races. The shortlist will be announced on 26th October, with the winner announced on 26th November.
The longlist in full:
That Near-Death Thing – Inside the TT: The World’s Most Dangerous Race by Rick Broadbent (Orion)
Running with the Kenyans – Discovering The Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth by Adharanand Finn (Faber)
Iron War – Dave Scott, Mark Allen & the Greatest Race Ever Run by Matt Fitzgerald (Quercus)
The Footballer Who Could Fly by Duncan Hamilton (Century)
The Secret Race – Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle (Bantam Press)
A Weight Off My Mind – My Autobiography by Richard Hughes, with Lee Mottershead (Racing Post)
Be Careful What You Wish For by Simon Jordan (Yellow Jersey)
Fibber in the Heat by Miles Jupp (Ebury Press)
The Dirtiest Race in History – Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis and the 1988 Olympic 100m Final by Richard Moore (Wisden Sports Writing)
Between the Lines – The Autobiography by Victoria Pendleton, with Donald McRae (HarperSport)
Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton (Particular Books)
A Life Without Limits – A World Champion’s Journey by Chrissie Wellington, with Michael Aylwin (Constable & Robinson)
Jonny: My Autobiography by Jonny Wilkinson, with Owen Slot (Headline)
Shot and a Ghost: A Year in the Brutal World of Professional Squash by James Willstrop (Rod Gilmour)