We have been fortunate in recent years to have a rich diversity of sports writing to consume as the days shorten and the Awards seasons come into focus.
This year is no different with six strong books selected for the shortlist in the Bord Gais Energy sponsored Sports Category of the An Post Irish Book of the Year Awards.
Fighter by Andy Lee with Niall Kelly of The42.ie who also swept all before him last year with Philly McMahon is an early favourite among those who have read it.
He will face stiff opposition though from Cora Staunton who has produced her ‘Game Changer’ life story with Mary White.
Gaelic Games are also represented by Paul Rouse’s The Hurlers, Sean Cavanagh’s The Obsession which he has written with Damien Lawlor, and At All Costs by Davy Fitzgerald writing with Vincent Hogan.
Driven, by Rosemary Smith with Ann Ingle completes the sextet.
Sport also features in the Ireland AM Popular Non-Fiction Book of the year with Des Cahill’s Play it again Des one of the six shortlisted.
The prizes will be determined by public voting which is now open at www.irishbookawards.ie. The winner will be unveiled at a gala prizegiving to be held at the Clayton Hotel on Tuesday, November 27th.