'Remarkable' shortlist for William Hill

Self-published title Shot and a Ghost has been shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year alongside titles from Yellow Jersey and Ebury Press.

James Willstrop and Rod Gilmour's squash title joins That Near-Death Thing by Rick Broadbent (Orion); Running with the Kenyans by Adharanand Finn (Faber); The Secret Race – Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle (Bantam Press); Be Careful What You Wish For by Simon Jordan (Yellow Jersey); Fibber in the Heat by Miles Jupp (Ebury Press); and A Life Without Limits – A World Champion’s Journey by Chrissie Wellington with Michael Aylwin (Constable & Robinson).

Co-founder of the award, Graham Sharpe said: “From a record entry of 165 titles, the judges have produced a magnificently varied list of seven readable, remarkable and worthy contenders. The subject matter encompasses the entire emotional gamut from comedy to tragedy.”

Now in its 24th year, the prize awards £24,000 to the winner as well as a £2,000 William Hill bet, a specially-commissioned handbound copy of their book and a day at the races.

The winner will be announced at Waterstones Piccadilly on Monday 26th November.