eir sport has today announced the shortlist for the eir sport Sports Book of The Year with a shortlist of three selected. The favourite is likely to be Andy Lee’s The Fighter but there is irony in phrasing it like that as both of the others deal with the underbelly of gambling in sport.
Tony 10 by Tony O’Reilly with Declan Lynch tells the story of the postman who gambled €10 million but emerged the other side.
The Lost Soul of Eamonn McGee by Paul D.Gibson won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year last week as the irony continues to fall
“It was a difficult task for the judging panel to narrow it down to three contenders this year as it was the strongest longlist we have had to date,” said Susan Brady, Managing Director of eir sport.
“This shortlist reflects a real diversity of writing styles and subject matters.”
“The overall winning author will receive a €1,500 cash prize, a specially commissioned trophy and €10,000 worth of TV advertising on eir sport.”
“eir sport wishes to commend each author and publisher who submitted books for the award with special congratulations to the three authors and publishers on the final shortlist.”
This is the fourth year of the eir sport Sports Book of The Year. Last year, eir sport and Publishing Ireland announced Philly McMahon’s ‘The Choice’ as the winner. The eir sport Sports Book of The Year is an initiative designed to recognise the very best in Irish sports writing in by seeking the best sports book published by an Irish author, or sports book with an Irish subject matter.
The winner of the eir sport Sports Book of the Year will be announced at an event in Dublin City Centre on Monday, 10th December.
Game Changer by Cora Staunton and Mary White, which won the Bord Gais Energy Sports Book of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards on Tuesday was on the longlist but did not make the final three.
Those awards are given out by a mix of public vote and jury decision where this is down purely to the judging panel.
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