Fury and Stokes longlisted for Telegraph Sports Book Awards 2020

Fury and Stokes longlisted for Telegraph Sports Book Awards 2020

Tyson Fury and Ben Stokes have been longlisted for Autobiography of the Year at the Telegraph Sports Book Awards 2020.

Fury's tale, Behind the Mask (Century), has been included on the longlist of 12 titles for the Autobiography of the Year category. Fury said: "It’s an honour to be included in the list for The Telegraph Sports Book Awards 2020. I feel privileged to be nominated alongside some true sporting greats." 

He is joined on the longlist by Stokes, whose autobiography On Fire (Headline) recalls the day he spearheaded England's first World Cup cricket win. 

Fellow cricketer and former England captain Alastair Cook is longlisted for Alastair Cook: The Autobiography (Michael Joseph) alongside bowler James Anderson for Bowl, Sleep, Repeat (Octopus). 

Former Liverpool players Michael Owen with Reboot (Reach Sport); Emile Heskey with Even Heskey Scored (Pitch Publishing) are longlisted as well as My Story: From Foster Care to Footballer by Mark Bright (Constable); They Don't Teach This by Eni Aluko (Yellow Jersey); and Gary Lineker’s collaboration with Danny Baker, Behind Closed Doors (Century). 

Welsh grand-slam winning rugby captain Sam Warburton's Open Side (HarperCollins), Leap by netballer Geva Mentor (Coronet) and Jason Plato's How Not to be a Professional Racing Driver (Michael Joseph) complete the autobiography longlist. 

David Willis, chairman of The Telegraph Sports Book Awards, said: “Our 2020 longlist is once again packed with sporting greats and legendary sports stars from the UK. Any of these fantastic new books would make perfect Christmas gifts and I don’t envy the task of the judging panel to select the best sports Autobiography of the Year”.

The winner of the Autobiography of the Year will be revealed at the the Telegraph Sports Book Awards at Lord’s Cricket Ground on 2nd June 2020. The final shortlist for the award will be announced alongside those from the other nine categories in April 2020.