3 Penguin Random House titles on the William Hill Sports Book of the Year longlist


3 Penguin Random House titles, featuring 2 legendary Olympians and the 'voice of the darts', have made the William Hill Sports Book of the Year longlist, one of the most prestigious prizes in sports writing. These are:

  • Today We Die a Little: The Rise & Fall of Emil Zátopek, Olympic Legend - Richard Askwith (Yellow Jersey Press)
  • For the Glory: The Life of Eric Liddell - Duncan Hamilton (Doubleday)
  • We Had Some Laughs: My Dad, the Darts and Me - Dan Waddell (Bantam Press)

Today We Die a Little is the definitive biography of one of the greatest, most extraordinary runners and heroes of all time. On the track, his running made him a legend; off it, his charisma and humanity made him a hero. No runner has generated myth like Emil Zátopek, the Czechoslovakian soldier who revolutionised distance running. Based on extensive research in the Czech Republic and with unparalleled access to Zátopek's family and friends, his story evokes not just an extraordinary man but a glorious age of athletics and a dramatic period in European history.

For The Glory sees Duncan Hamilton offer a definitive biography of British sporting legend Eric Liddell, best known as the hero of the film Chariots of Fire. His riveting account goes below the surface of Liddell as the fastest man on the planet, to reveal the full extent of his extraordinary and tragic life.

At its heart a celebration of a vanished era, We Had Some Laughs is Dan Waddell’s touching memoir about his dad, the inimitable darts commentator Sid Waddell. In equal parts warm, funny and moving, it is also a story of fathers and sons, and the unshakeable bond between them.

First awarded in 1989, the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award is dedicated to rewarding excellence in sports writing, with the winner receiving £28,000, as well as a free £2,500 bet and a day at the races. The shortlist will be announced on the 18th October, with the winner being revealed at an afternoon reception at BAFTA on Thursday 24th November.

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